Movie Journal: Notebook
Overture Center for the Arts will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Capitol Theater on Sunday, January 21

Free activities will include screenings of a Harold Lloyd two-reeler comedy and open house tours

The Overture Center for the Arts announced on their website that they will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Capitol Theater with free self-guided open house tours and screenings of Harold Lloyd’s two-reel comedy Bumping into BroadwayJelani Eddington will play the original Grand Barton Organ during and between screenings throughout the day.

According to historian Kevin BrownlowBumping Into Broadway was the first two-reeler picture Harold Lloyd and Hal Roach made at Pathé Studios. The film is currently included in the Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray release of Speedy (1928). The excerpt below from Brownlow and David Gill’s documentary Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius explains the evolution of Lloyd’s “glasses character,” who made his two-reeler debut in Bumping into Broadway.

Schedule for the Capitol Theater on Saturday, January 21:
Noon – doors open
12:15 PM – Bumping into Broadway (runtime: 25 minutes)
12:45 – 1:25 PM – Self-guided Tours (Grand Barton Organ, Capitol Theater)
1:45 PM – Bumping into Broadway
2:15 – 3:05 PM – Self-guided Tours
3:25 PM – Bumping into Broadway
4:00 – 4:40 PM – Self-guided Tours

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Published by James Kreul

James Kreul has advocated for alternative screenings of independent, international, and experimental film in Madison since the 1990s.