Capitolfest, film fans to return Aug. 9-11


The 2019 schedule for the 17th annual Capitolfest, the Capitol Theatre’s silent and early-talkie film festival, has been released.

On Aug. 9 through Aug. 11, Capitolfest returns with seven sessions of classic films, accompanied by the theatre’s original 1928 Moeller organ.

This year’s featured stars are Frances Dee and her husband Joel McCrea, according to an announcement by Capitol Theatre officials..

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In previous years, Capitolfest has drawn viewers from Toronto, Chicago, Rochester, Syracuse, Philadelphia and New York City, according to the Capitol.

The event has grown nearly every year since its inception, with 622 attending at least one session during last year’s Capitolfest, the Capitol announcement added.

Most attendees from outside the area stay in Rome for three or four nights, with some staying as long as a week, according to the estimates provided by the Capitol Theatre.

The Capitol estimates a $453,432 boost to the Rome economy from the event, using state tourism data.

The vast majority of out-of-town attendees say they would return for Capitolfest.

That’s using 2015 state tourism figures of overnight visitors spending $231 each per day ($693 for each party of three) and day trippers spending $72.57 each per day ($254 per day for each party of 3.5).  With the Capitol charging $60 a ticket for the entire three days, most of that money is going to other area businesses.

The event keeps growing, the Capitol says, because 87.9 percent of those responding said they are coming back and the other 9.6 percent say “maybe” they’ll come back – and many will be telling other cinephiles about the good time they had here, the Capitol announcement said.

Based on questionnaires filled out by 28 percent of 2018 attendees, some of the places they stayed were: The Beeches, Oak & Ivy Bed & Breakfast, Delta by Marriott (Utica), Hampton Inn (Utica), Microtel (Verona), Quality Inn, Red Roof Inn (Utica), Relax Inn, Wingate, the announcement added.

The questionnaires showed that among places filmgoers ate were: Aquino’s, Babe’s, Barnes & Noble Café, Boyz from Italy, Black River Ale House, Brenda’s Natural Foods, Burger King, Caribbean, Cianfrocco’s, Coalyard Charlie’s, Come Fry with Me (food truck), Delmonico’s Steak House, Denny’s, DeSalvo’s, DiCastro’s, Farmer’s Market (food trucks not specified), Franklin Hotel, Grande, El Jarocho, KFC, King’s Buffet, Iron Kettle, Le Jardin, McDonald’s, Maggie’s Café, Marco’s Pizza, Mexican Place, Minar, Mitsuba, Nicky Doodles, Nicky Doodles (New Hartford), Olive Garden, Papa Rick’s, Paramount Diner, Raspberries, Red Lobster, La Roma, Savoy, Tails and Toppings (ice cream truck), Taj Mahal, Teddy’s, Utica Coffee, Utica Roasting Co., Vigneto’s and Wendy’s.


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