The Live Band party at the Cinema Capitol dates back to the 80s

ROME- Cinema Capitol presents Live Band Movie Night at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 with an all-night screening of “This is Spinal Tap” and the short film “Back to the 80s: Channel Surfing in the Central New York Multiverse.”

Since 2018, the theater has presented a short silent film with a live band performing the soundtrack before the evening’s main feature. This year, the Live Band Movie Night changes format and goes back to the 80s.

1984’s “This is Spinal Tap” is a “mockumentary” pamphlet from every successful and all-too-important rock band. The film is directed by Rob Reiner who also appears in the film as Marty Di Bergi, the producer of the documentary that follows them on their ill-fated US tour.

The film stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer as members of the fictional British heavy metal band Spinal Tap, one of England’s “loudest bands”. Most of his dialogues were improvised and dozens of hours were filmed. To add an extra layer of credibility, the band released an album and had modest radio success with several songs. The film is also the origin of many popular catchphrases today, such as “turn it up to 11”.

Prior to the main feature, “Back to the 80s: Channel Surfing in the Central New York Multiverse” takes a look at events and activities in the area in the 80s, 90s, and 21st century with a similar satirical perspective. The film is directed by Rick E. Lewis and is presented as watching television and switching between channels. Included are fans, bands, local events and local personalities. The group Avec Sentiments plays live music during the film.

Interview subjects include radio personalities Tom Starr and Jerry Kraus of 96.9 WOUR as well as musicians Bob Acquaviva of 80s band Mere Mortals and Luftwaffe; Bob Bauer, owner of the legendary Four Acres nightclub in Marcy, booking agent Tony Cee and music from local 80s bands, plus pictures and reviews of 80s nightclubs like JJ’s and Casabogie in Rome and other regional events of this period.

Both movies are rated R. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Copper City Brewing pouring craft beer into the theater lobby. Movies start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available online at or at the Capitol Theater box office from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in person or by calling 315-337 -6277.

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