CLEARWATER - Vintage Hollywood favorites and fun family films are making their way to the Cleveland Street District of Downtown Clearwater as the historic Capitol Theatre is transformed every Tuesday evening at 7:30 into a classic cinema house screening beloved movies from the past.
Tickets are now on sale for all October films at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office.
Capitol Classics kicks off a month of classic Halloween inspired films on Tuesday, Oct. 4, with the 1958 version of The Fly. The story follows scientist Andre Delambre as he becomes obsessed with his latest creation, a matter transformer. He decides to use himself as a human test subject and things go drastically wrong. During the transference, his atoms become merged with a fly that was trapped in the transporter. Eventually, Andre's wife, Helene discovers his secret and must make a decision whether to let him continue to live as part fly or to do the unthinkable. The film stars David Hedison, Patricia Owens and horror film cult icon Vincent Price who is best known for this distinctive voice.
The original 1931 adaptation of Dracula will be screening on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Starring Bela Lugosi, Dracula is one of the seminal films in the early day of the horror genre. Count Dracula leaves his home in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe for Carfax Abbey in London. Along the way he becomes infatuated with virtuous Mina Seward whose health has started to mysteriously deteriorate. Dr. Van Helsing is brought in to diagnose the problem and realizes that Dracula is indeed a vampire and must take measures to prevent Mina from becoming one of the undead. Lugosi's portrayal of the legendary bloodsucker is widely regarded as the definitive Dracula, making the Count his signature role.
The series continues on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with 1941’s The Wolf Man starring Claude Rains, Warren William, Lon Chaney Jr. and featuring Bela Lugosi. After learning of the death of his brother, Larry Talbot returns to his ancestral home to reconcile with his estranged father. While there, Larry becomes romantically interested in Gwen Conliffe who runs an antique shop and purchases a silver-headed walking stick decorated with a wolf just to speak with her. That night, Larry attempts to rescue Gwen's friend Jenny from what he believes to be a sudden attack by a wolf. He kills the beast, but is bitten in the process. He is told that it was not merely a wolf; but was a werewolf, and that now he will become one.
A special Friday night screening of Young Frankenstein will be shown at the Capitol on Friday, Oct. 21. The film is directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, the grandson of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Frederick, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits his granddad's castle and decides to repeat the experiments. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman. The film is an affectionate parody of the classical horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein produced by Universal in the 1930s. Young Frankenstein ranks # 28 on Total Film magazine's List of the 50 Greatest Comedy Films of All Time, No. 56 on Bravo TV's list of the 100 Funniest Movies, and # 13 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest American Movies.
October rounds out with a 25th anniversary screening Oct. 25 of the 1986 cult favorite Little Shop of Horrors. Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour finds a very mysterious unidentified plant, which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey's sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey's ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it? The film was directed by Frank Oz, and stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, and the voice of Levi Stubbs as the plant.
General Admission tickets for Tuesday screenings are $6 and Friday screenings are $8. Tickets for all screenings are available in advance at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 or online at www.atthecap.com.