Capitol Theatre in historic downtown Rome, NY is
having their fourth annual Drive-In Movie Night
on Friday, July 29th at 7:00 PM. This yearly event
features two back-to-back vintage B-classics (with
intermission) and an old school drive-in atmosphere.
The two films on this year's itinerary are 20
Million Miles to Earth and Mothra
Based on the serialized novel The
Luminous Fairies and Mothra, Mothra
(1961) is the cult classic that launched the long
and illustrious career of one of Toho's most recognizable
kaiju. When a corrupt businessman tries to profit
off the discovery of two twin fairies, their guardian
Mothra comes to the rescue, leveling all that lies
in her path. Though not as well-known in the West
as her 1964 brawl with Godzilla, this is the movie
that codified the Mothra formula. Metamorphosis,
twin fairies, and corrupt businessmen are essentials
in the Mothra franchise and can trace their roots
to this film. This would be the first of three movies
featuring Mothra that would include the acting and
vocal talents of The Peanuts, Emi and Yumi Ito.
Comedian Frankie Sakai and relative newcomer Jerry
Ito also pull-off memorable performances in this
rather unique solo-monster bash.
Before ravenous fans of Japanese
cinema will get their chance to see Mothra
(1961) on the big screen, we'll be treated to a
wonderful black-and-white classic from this side
of the Pacific, 20 Million Miles to Earth.
When the survivors of the first manned mission to
Venus return with a mysterious biological specimen,
little does planet Earth realize that it's about
to play host to a strange reptilian being from afar.
chance for Ray Harryhausen to show off his often
lauded stop-motion talents, 1957's 20 Million
Miles to Earth will definitely prove to be
a great way to start the evening.
The Capitol Theatre has been serving
the Rome/Utica area with fine entertainment since
1928. Admission for this event is $4.00 for adults
and $1.00 for children. For more information about
this and other upcoming events, for directions to
the Capitol Theatre, or if you're interested in
learning about the marquee restoration project,
please visit www.romecapitol.com.