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Looking Forward to Capitolfest 2009

I just sent in my registration for Capitolfest 2009, held this summer at the Capitol Theatre in Rome, NY from August 7 through August 9. If you're in the Northeastern United States during this time, and you've never attended Capitolfest, you should consider it, since it is a real treat. Capitolfest bills itself as "a vacation not a marathon." There are ample breaks between movies and even enough time between sessions to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner. This also gives attendees plenty of time to explore the beautiful confines of this historic movie palace, check out the recently restored 1928 Moller theatre organ, and meet old friends or make new ones who share a love of classic cinema.

This year's Capitolfest features a tribute to Boris Karloff. At present 12 features and some 16 shorts dating from 1910 through1934 are scheduled, including Graft (Universal, 1931) with Regis Toomey, Sue Carol, and Boris Karloff; Red Lights (Metro, 1923) starring Marie Prevost and Raymond Griffith; and a silent short from very early in Gloria Swanson's career The Sultan's Wife (Keystone, 1917) with Bobby Vernon and Joseph Callahan. Live accompanied for the silent films will be provided by Avery Tunningley, Dr. Philip Carli, Bernie Anderson, and for their first appearance at Capitolfest --the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra! For a complete list of scheduled films and registration information, please visit the Capitol Theatre site

If you do plan do be at Capitolfest, please let me know. I'll be there on Saturday and Sunday and would love to have the opportunity to meet some of my GAOH friends in person.

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