Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St., is hosting a special “out of this world” double feature event on Thursday, Oct. 25.
The night starts with the Lunar Launch Party inside the Cinema Capitol art gallery featuring The Rome Art Association’s “Lunar Exhibit” exhibit. This pre-movie reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Villa Verona Vineyard will conduct a wine tasting, specialty coffee from Character Coffee will be served along side hors d’oeuvres and an unplugged set from Jack And The Jukebox.
At 7:30 it’s launch time for “A Trip To The Moon”, the 1902 silent film from the godfather of special effects, director Georges Méliès. Years ahead of its time, “A Trip to the Moon” film was an international success. Its unusual length (13 minutes-long for the time period), lavish production values, arresting special effects, and emphasis on storytelling were markedly influential on other film-makers and, ultimately, on the development of narrative film making as a whole.
Though “A Trip To The Moon” is of silent, it was not intended to be seen silently; exhibitors often used a bonimenteur, or narrator, to explain the story as it unfolded on the screen, accompanied by sound effects and live music. In a modern approach, the group “Jack & The Jukebox” will accompany the film with their own original score live at Cinema Capitol.
Following the accompanied screening of “A Trip To The Moon,” a second feature, “Moonwalkers,” will be shown.This comedy is based on the conspiracy theory that Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing. “Moonwalkers” travels through the worlds of the British version of the mafia and the ‘60s psychedelic music scene with a CIA agent played by Ron Perlman (Hellboy)and a shady music manager played by Rupert Grint (Harry Potter series). Is the moon landing faked? I’m sorry, to find out, you’ll have to take the trip-see the movie.
Tickets for the “Lunar Launch Party” are $15 and are limited with only 30 tickets available. Tickets to attend just the double feature screenings of “A Trip to the Moon” and “Moonwalkers” are available for $10.
Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com.