Historic Capitol re-opens with classic sci-fi film

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The historic Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St., will host its first event since its closure in March — the classic sci-fi movie released in 1956, “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers” — at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 and at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.

Based upon Jack Finney’s 1954 novel, “The Body Snatchers,” the black-and-white movie stars Kevin McCarthy as a California physician. He is baffled when all of his patients come to him with the same complaint: their loved ones seem to have been replaced by emotionless impostors.

Despite others’ dismissive denials, the doctor, along with his former girlfriend Becky (Dana Wynter) and his friend Jack (King Donovan), soon discover that the suspicions are true. An alien species of human duplicates, grown from plant-like pods, is taking over the small town.

Although the two-screen Cinema Capitol has been open for several weeks with new independent films, this will be the first public show offered by the theater in several months.

In addition, it is one of only a handful of shows that will be presented before the Capitol undergoes an extensive restoration process this winter. When patrons return next year, they can expect to see new seats, carpets, wall fabrics, and more décor authentic to the 1939 period.

Due to social distance precautions, a maximum of 50 patrons may attend each show time of the movie. Parties must sit at least six feet apart and the theater will be sanitized before and after each show time. Patrons must wear masks if not eating or drinking. The concession stand will be open.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers runs 80 minutes and will be preceded by a short cartoon. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors (ages 62-plus), students, and military, $5 for Capitol “Friends,” and $3 for children age 12 and under.

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