Capitol Theatre screens classic horror film

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The Rome Capitol Theatre (220 W. Dominick St.) will screen the 1959 horror movie, “The Tingler” on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2:30 and 7 p.m.

Produced and directed by William Castle, known for his gimmicky horror flicks, “The Tingler” stars Vincent Price as a coroner who discovers that fear causes a strange, crawling creature to grow on people’s spines; the “tingler” can only be subdued by the screams of its victim. Others in the cast include Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, and Philip Coolidge.

The management of the Capitol guarantees that the Tingler will escape into the audience at some point during the film, and, consequently, the movie is not recommended for the “faint of heart.”

William Castle emerged as a director of low-budget horror movies in the ‘40s, before starting his own series of lurid shockers that were marketed to the public as having particular gimmicks to set them apart from the ordinary. Other films by Castle include “The House on Haunted Hill,” “13 Ghosts,” and “Straight-Jacket.” He also produced “Rosemary’s Baby” in 1968.  

The gimmick for “The Tingler” is Percept-o, in which the audience members are made to experience the sensation of the Tinger attacking them during the screening. The Capitol Theatre’s showings of “The Tingler” will also be in Percept-o, and those who which to avoid the full intensity of the Tinger’s attacks are advised to NOT sit in the center section of the orchestra seats.  

The 1959 movie runs 82 minutes and will be shown via a new 4K digital restoration from Sony Pictures, in black and white with a color scene as well as a scene in stereophonic sound. The feature will be preceded by the seven-minute cartoon, “Betty Boop’s Halloween Party.”

Tickets are $6.50, $5.50 for seniors/students/military, $5.50 for Capitol Friends, and $4.50 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door, in advance from the Capitol box office at (315) 337-6277, and on-line at www.romecapitol.com.

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