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APPELL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS FREE SUMMER FILM SERIES

Enjoy a FREE Summer Film EVERY Wednesday, July 6 – August 10!

By Appell Center for the Performing Arts June 16, 2022

Appell Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce a NEW series of FREE films to the Capitol Theatre this summer, sponsored by M&T Bank. Every Wednesday will feature a family film at 10AM and a blockbuster title at 7PM. Tickets are free for all attendees who want to beat the heat, grab some snacks and a drink, and catch some awesome movies this summer.  

“Seeing a film in the Capitol Theatre is a special experience,” said President & CEO, Todd Fogdall. “State-of-the-art Digital Cinema Projection with Dolby 7.1 sound in a beautiful, historic theater. Grab some fresh popcorn, sit in the balcony, and enjoy a great film!”

As a special treat, the evening films will be preceded by a performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ by members of the Susquehanna Valley Theatre Organ Society, delivering a truly unique film-going experience.

FREE SUMMER FILM SERIES SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, July 6

10AM – Sing 2 

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson

This much anticipated sequel follows can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers as they persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star to join them in a dazzling stage extravaganza. Buster’s dream of big-time success soon becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart. 

7PM – Independence Day

Starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and more

Strange phenomena surface around the globe. The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Wednesday, July 13

10AM – The Angry Birds Movie 2

Starring Josh Gad, Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage 

Red, Chuck, Bomb and the rest of their feathered friends are surprised when a green pig suggests that they put aside their differences and unite to fight a common threat: aggressive birds from an island covered in ice who are planning to use an elaborate weapon to destroy the fowl and swine way of life. The birds and pigs scheme to infiltrate the island, deactivate the device and return to their respective paradises intact.

7PM – Guardians of the Galaxy

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and more 

A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.

Wednesday, July 20

10AM – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg and Neil Patrick Harris 

A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know that things are about to take a turn for the worst.

7PM – Pacific Rim

Starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Simu Lui; directed by Guillermo del Toro.

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

Wednesday, July 27

10AM – Despicable Me 3

Starring Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker and more

The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt who seeks revenge against the world. 

7PM – Love & Basketball

Starring Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Dennis Haysbert and more

Monica and Quincy are two childhood friends who both aspire to be professional basketball players. Quincy is a natural talent and a born leader. Monica is ferociously competitive. Over the years, the two begin to fall for each other, but their separate paths to basketball stardom threaten to pull them apart. 

Wednesday, August 3

10AM – Disney’s Moana

Starring Auli’I Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson and more; songs by Lin Manuel Miranda

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’ call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. Together they embark upon an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity. 

7PM – Raiders of the Lost Ark

Starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, and Paul Freeman.

Created by Steven Speilberg and George Lucas, with John Williams’ classic score, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler’s Nazis can obtain its awesome powers. Along the way, Indy is in constant peril, making hair’s-breadth escapes at every turn in this celebration of the innocent adventure movies of an earlier era. 

Wednesday, August 10

10AM – A Dog’s Way Home

Starring Ashley Judd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Edward James Olmos and more.

When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog touches the lives of an orphaned mountain lion, a down-on-his-luck veteran and some friendly strangers who happen to cross her path. 

7PM – In the Heights

Starring Anthony Ramos, Lin Manuel Miranda, Melissa Berrera, Stephanie Beatriz and more.

The film version of Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life.


APPELL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (renamed from the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center) enriches the community through performing arts, education, and entertainment. Featuring two historic theaters—the 1,262-seat Strand Theatre and the 450-seat Capitol Theatre—the Appell Center offers some of the biggest names in live, professional performing arts along with impactful education programs.