Q. How old were you when the original Cine Capri opened?
A. I’d just turned 10.
Q. Did you get to go to grand opening?
A. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go to the grand opening for the first Cine Capri, but my parents were there. I did attend the grand opening for the new Cine Capri at the Scottsdale 101.
Q. So what was Charlton Heston like?
A. According to my mother, he was a bit reserved, but very polite. She also mentioned that the minute one of his people came up and told him it was time to go he said his goodbyes and left. Years later, when we were planning the Cine Capri Model opening, my event planner contacted his people. He was unable to attend, but was pleased to hear of our event and he graciously autographed a few photos for our auction.
Q. Were you involved in the effort to save the Cine Capri?
A. Unfortunately, I wasn’t, but I wish I could have been. I was living out of state and didn’t move back to Phoenix until September, 1997. When I arrived my father was dying of cancer, and my family and I were too busy trying to take care of him.
Q. Where is the Cine Capri Model now?
A. The Cine Capri Model was donated to the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe, (now the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park), in May, 1999, and it remains in their permanent collection. For more information please visit the museum’s webpage at
Q. Do you keep in contact with Harkins or go to the new Cine Capri?
A. Every once in awhile I’ll hear from Harkins, but not too often. I’ve also relocated to Tucson, so it’s been a long time since I’ve been to The Scottsdale 101.
Q. Do you still have a set of blueprints for the original Cine Capri.
A. No. After the model was completed I donated my copy of the blueprints to the Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives so they would be accessible to the public. I only have copies of a few of the detailed renderings in my personal collection.
Q. Is your dad’s company still around?
A. Yes. My father retired from Homes & Son in 1975 and sold the business to a cousin. Somewhere along the line the company changed its name from Homes & Son Construction Company, Inc., to Homes & Son Contractors, but I’m not sure exactly when that happened. It’s still a family owned business, but it now belongs to an entirely different branch of the family.
Q. Is George Aurelius, or anyone else involved with the original Cine Capri, still around?
A. Sadly, I’m not aware of anyone involved with building the original theater who’s still living today. “Uncle” George Aurelius passed away in the mid 2000s, but he was alive and well at the time of the Cine Capri Model project. In fact, I couldn’t have done any of this without him. He also got to see the new Cine Capri in Scottsdale. Henry George Greene, the lead architect, was also still living at the time I had the model built and he too was most pleased. He passed away a few years ago, but was still a practicing architect and working full time when he was well into his eighties.
Q. Why do you refer to him as “Uncle” George. Were you related?
A. No. However George Aurelius was more than just a business associate. He and his wife, Laura, were family friends as well, and we all remained family friends long after everyone retired. And because I first knew George and Laura when I was very young, they were, to me, an honorary uncle and aunt.