3 Silent Spooky Apparitions this October

Phantom of the Opera PosterThree Itinerant Shows are planned for October at which I will hand-crank my 1909 Power’s Cameragraph Model 6 Moving Picture Machine, with other visual and musical delights provided by my colleagues. I hope to see you there. —Joe Rinaudo

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Hanford, California

The Phantom of the Opera

“The Phantom Of The Opera” will be screened at the historic Hanford Fox Theatre. Built in 1929, the Hanford Fox boasts a 12 rank Wurlitzer pipe organ to be played by Dean Mora. The film is the only 35mm print in existence that tells the complete story (as originally intended) by combining the 1929 release and the 16mm show at home versions (blown up to 35mm). It also now has all of the original color sequences restored as they were seen in 1925. Original narrative and spoken inter-titles (about 68) have been restored as well as the prologue titles that describe the beginnings of the Phantom and his connection to the Paris Opera House. Plus see the original Technicolor ending as well! Since this print is drawn from the original 1925 and the 1929 (sound speed) versions, hand cranking will allow you to see, for the first time, the film presented at the proper speeds. Gary Gibson will present a glass lantern slide show during all reel changes.

“The Phantom of the Opera”
Restoration Credits:
see below

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Hanford Fox Theatre
326 N. Irwin Street
Hanford, CA 93230

Ticket Information

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 at 8 PM
Nethercutt Museum
Sylmar, California
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(Admission is free but you must order tickets in advance.)

Halloween Show

organ-pipes-with-ghost600x438The Nethercutt Museum will host another three silent film hand crank shows. Friday at 8:00 p.m. & Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00 p,m. The program will be the same for each show. Dean Mora will play the mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ which is the third largest in the world. Gary Gibson will provide original glass lantern slides during all reel changes. Tickets will be available on September 21 starting at 4:00 p.m. by calling in for up to 4 tickets per caller. Phone: (818) 364-6464. Please be persistent as the museum only has 3 phone lines. How to Request Nethercutt Show Tickets

Musical narration and sound effects by Dean Mora at the Mighty Wurlitzer, the third largest theater organ in the world.

Gary Gibson will provide original glass lantern slides during all reel changes.

Your host is Kyle Irwin, curator, who will demonstrate the Nethercutt Collection’s automated musical instruments before the show and during intermission.

You may also tour the collection of over fifty classic cars which are on display in a museum setting that recreates the marble and mirrored showroom of an early automobile dealership.

Business or semi-formal attire is appropriate. Children must be 10 and older.

Powers Cameragraph projector
Dean Mora, organist and swing band leader
Nethercutt Collection

Don’t forget to call for tickets Wednesday Sept. 21 at 4pm sharp—and enjoy the show!

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Nethercutt Collection
15200 Bledsoe Street
Sylmar, CA 91342

Admission is free, but you must obtain tickets in advance.
How to Request Nethercutt Show Tickets

Christ Lutheran Church
Burbank, California

The Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera PosterThe Famous Players Orchestra will host the showing of “The Phantom Of The Opera”. This is the rare restored version as mentioned above. Mr Scott Lasky will perform an authentic score on the church pipe organ.

As a special treat, the Famous Players Orchestra will perform a live score for the two reel Laurel & Hardy comedy “Habeas Corpus.” This is the first time that the Famous Players Orchestra will play publicly for a film. Please come and support this non profit organization. The Famous Players Orchestra’s mission is to preserve and perform authentic motion picture music as it was intended to be used with silent film presentations.

Glass lantern slides will be presented during reel changes by Mr. Shane Glander.

“Habeas Corpus” film courtesy of the Blackhawk film library.

“The Phantom of the Opera”
Restoration Credits:
see below

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Christ Lutheran Church
2400 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
(Southeast corner of Burbank Bl. & Buena Vista St.)

Admission is $10.00 (suggested donation)

Tickets will go on sale at the door approximately one hour before showtime.

Famous Players Orchestra


“The Phantom of the Opera”

35mm source material:
Special thanks to
Mr. David Shepard
Blackhawk film library

16mm source material:
Mr. Stan Taffel

Script and cutting continuity:
Mr. George Wagner

Title re-creation, design and typography:
Mr. Chaz DeSimone

Title & film digitizing & output to film:
Mr. Michael Brodersen
Mr. Rico Hernandez
Negative and print color timing:
Mr. Doug Ledin
Project manager:
Mr. Allan Tudzin
Fotokem Film & Video Services

Film and title restoration
produced and supervised by:
Mr. Joe Rinaudo


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Fotoplayer-Talmadge: a Not-So-Silent Premiere

Fotoplayer in Academy LobbyThe Academy’s newly restored Model 41 Fotoplayer, installed in the lobby of Linwood Dunn Theater at Pickford Center. Panoramic photo courtesy of Lissa Price: lissaprice.com, @Lissa_Price (Twitter)

Aug 11, 2016, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences— The Academy’s newly restored 1917 Model 41 Fotoplayer was unveiled for its inaugural public performance by Joe Rinaudo as he narrated (the term for musical accompaniment) two films, also newly restored:

The Perfect Woman, 1920, and Good Night, Paul, 1918, both starring Constance Talmadge. Details for these films are at the Academy’s website Archival Revival Event page.

The Style 41 Fotoplayer was restored by Dave Hartman and Joe Rinaudo.
The 35mm nitrate prints were restored by the Academy.

As Joe played the impressive Fotoplayer in the lobby, the films were shown in the theater at the Academy’s  Linwood Dunn Theater at Pickford Center, Hollywood. A live feed of his narration was projected on a smaller screen next to the main film. The house was packed and sold out, and everyone experienced a silent cinema treat from nearly a century ago—but not exactly silent with Joe at the Fotoplayer!

Aug 11: Academy Public Performance


Constance Talmadge, Intolerance, 1916

. . .

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
presents the unveiling of its newly restored

1915 Fotoplayer

accompanying  two preserved 35mm nitrates starring



Thursday, August 11, 2016
7:30 p.m.


Linwood Dunn Theater
Pickford Center, 1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028


$5 Regular, $3 Academy Member/Student


For parking information and theater policies, click here.


adapted from the Academy’s website:

The Academy’s newly restored American Fotoplayer Style 41, built in 1915, is unveiled for its inaugural public performance by Joe Rinaudo, who restored the “automated orchestra” over the course of three years. For more information about the Fotoplayer, click here.

Constance Talmadge, one of the silent era’s most popular stars, and the sister of fellow actress Norma Talmadge, was known for her roles in romantic comedies, usually playing a willful young woman having a misunderstanding with the man in her life.

The Perfect Woman and Good Night, Paul were both preserved from 35mm nitrate prints in the Academy’s Lobster Films and Blackhawk Films/Film Preservation Associates collections. Both prints were originally Continue reading Aug 11: Academy Public Performance

July 30: Movies in the Park

Movies in the ParkEnjoy a “moving picture show” from the days of silent cinema, on the grass at Two-Strike Park in La Crescenta, Saturday, July 30.

Take your family or treat your date to “dinner and a show” for an evening of silent cinema comedies with live piano accompaniment. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket.



Saturday, July 30, 2016
Show starts at dusk (approx. 8pm)


Two-Strike Park (map)
5107 Rosemont Avenue
La Crescenta, CA 91214
(818) 249-5940



Laurel & Hardy
Fatty Arbuckle

Charley Chase
Larry Semon
and more

Live Accompaniment
featuring Cliff Retallick at the piano

1909 Powers 35mm Moving Picture Machine
hand-cranked by Joe Rinaudo

Original Glass Lantern Slides
projected by Gary Gibson


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Stylized Laurel & Hardy Poster

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99 Laurel & Hardy

This poster, honoring the greatest comedy duo of all time, was created by designer and typographer Chaz DeSimone, who also creates the titles for Joe Rinaudo’s film restorations. (He also designed the Silent Cinema Society logo and website.) Chaz takes great pleasure and honor in designing for Joe, his best friend of over 50 years. He made sure this poster was extra-special, to the extent of consulting Joe about the exact hats Stan and Ollie wore.

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Download your free Laurel & Hardy poster here

The 11×17-inch high-resolution pdf is of gallery print quality and suitable for framing. Visit this page and click on the large poster image to download the hi-rez pdf.

“Laurel & Hardy” is the latest in Chaz DeSimone’s monthly series called AmperArt. Each piece features “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”

If you are a writer, editor, designer, publisher, artist—or if you just like the quirky design of the ampersand, of which there are lots & lots of variations—you will surely enjoy AmperArt.com. Be sure to subscribe for your free monthly ampersand poster, suitable for framing.

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