For the 19th consecutive year, the Rome Capitol will present its popular Cartoon Madness show over school break, featuring 12 classic cartoons from the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies series, from Friday, Feb. 12, through Thursday, Feb. 18.
Although the organization typically presents Cartoon Madness in its historic 1928 theater, the building is undergoing an extensive restoration. Fortunately, the show can shift to Cinema Capitol, a two-screen venue located at 230 W. Dominick St. Several show times have been added to accommodate the difference in capacity.
“We’re really excited we can still do Cartoon Madness this year,” said Capitol Assistant Director Julie Whittemore. “It’s something the kids always enjoy, and it also makes for a fun night out with friends or a date.”
This year’s theme will be “A Twibute to Tweety.” The bill will feature five cartoons starring the diminutive bird, including the 1942 short where he makes his first appearance. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Road Runner, and many other favorites will make appearances as well.
The program will include:
“A Tale of Two Kitties” (1942; Robert Clampett) Tweety Bird, Babbit & Catsello
“Lovelorn Leghorn” (1951; Robert McKimson) Foghorn Leghorn, Miss Prissy
“Birdy and the Beast” (1944; Robert Clampett) Tweety Bird
“Operation Rabbit” (1952; Chuck Jones) Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote
“What Makes Daffy Duck?” (1948; Arthur Davis) Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd
“Tweetie Pie” (1947; I. Freleng) Tweety Bird, Sylvester
“Buckaroo Bugs” (1944; Robert Clampett) Bugs Bunny, Red Hot Ryder
“Scrambled Aches” (1957; Chuck Jones) Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote
“Snow Business” (1953; I. Freleng) Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Granny
“A Pest in the House” (1947; Chuck Jones) Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd
“Sahara Hare” (1955; I. Freleng) Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam
“The Last Hungry Cat” (1961; I. Freleng) Tweety Bird
The concession stand will be open at all shows with fresh popcorn, soft drinks, and a wide array of candies.
Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4:15 and 7:15 p.m., Sunday at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m., Monday at 1, 3:30 and 7:15 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1 and 3:30 p.m.
Admission is $4 and $3 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door but, to ensure seats at your preferred show, the Capitol recommends purchasing tickets in advance at www.romecapitol.com or by calling 315-337-6277, ext. 304.
Each auditorium will be thoroughly sanitized prior to shows. All patrons are required to wear masks, unless eating or drinking in their seats. Parties will be socially-distanced at least 6 feet apart.
Cartoon Madness is rated G and will run approximately 90 minutes.