Doors open before the show.
Concessions will be available.
The film that started it all with Frankie and Annette comes to The Capitol’s Special Drive-In Film Series this Summer!
The Capitol Theater of downtown Greeneville, Tennessee kicks off the Summer season with a special Thursday night series of Summer Drive-In Movie Classics. Celebrating those carefree days of Summers gone by, and the wild and wooly world of the drive-in movie. This Summer Special begins May 24th at 8:00 PM, with the 1963 classic “Beach Party.”
Released by American International Pictures in 1963 “Beach Party” was the sleeper hit of the year, inventing the beach movie subgenre and launching its stars, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, into pop culture history. The first of seven films, “Beach Party” is the story of a group of teenagers heading to beach houses for their Summer vacation, while unbeknownst to them, an anthropology professor spies on them to understand the youth of today and their strange surf jargon. Add a biker gang that shows up and an appearance by legendary Surf Rock musician Dick Dale to the mix, “Beach Party” is a romp that takes place in its own weird world and one of the first film franchises that found success by targeting a teenage market.
“Beach Party” will be introduced by local film writer Andy Ross, who is also a fan of the series, he says: “I love so many of the films made by American International Pictures. They were the kings of the drive-in, and my favorite franchise of theirs are the Beach Party films with Annette and Frankie. I have an original poster for this film hanging in my office. This will be a fun night for anyone who remembers seeing this film when it came out, and for those who have never explored the delightful world of drive-in movies.”