The Grand Opening–Part 2

The crowd gathers for the evening’s festivities. Photo courtesy of the George Aurelius collection.

Waiting premiere attendees and fans who had come for the evening festivities gathered outside the theater and were entertained by the Scottsdale High School marching band. The outside grand opening activities concluded with the arrival of Charlton Heston in an open convertible. He was then slowly escorted through the crowd to the entrance where he “officially” launched the theater with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Once inside the theater, patrons filed into the auditorium for the evening inaugural program, where Mr. Heston  addressed the audience, suggesting they were most fortunate to have “this new, outstanding prototype of the motion picture theater of tomorrow” for them to enjoy.

The lights dimmed, the front drapes rose, and the opening credits fell on the title curtain which opened to reveal the premiere showing of the 20th Century Fox film, The Agony and The Ecstasy starring Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison. Thus a world class theater was born as the Ciné Capri officially came to life and began its distinguished third of a century run of great storytelling and dream spinning for all to enjoy.

–edited from George Aurelius’ personal notes, July, 1998

The Scottsdale High School Marching Band entertains the crowd outside the theater. Photo courtesy of the George Aurelius collection.
George Aurelius stands by as Charlton Heston cuts the ribbon to “officially” open the theater. Photo courtesy of the George Aurelius collection.
Charlton Heston addresses the audience. Photo by George Aurelius.