Travel Back in Time with Silent Movie Night at Two Strike Park

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Silent Movie Night at Two Strike Park – print

Pro­jec­tion­ist Joe Rin­au­do will bring his vin­tage equip­ment to Two Strike Park to share films from the past.

By Joan­na KIM, intern
Cres­cen­ta Val­ley Week­ly 

With the dig­i­tal­iza­tion of movies and videos in the mod­ern age, silent films of the 1920s and ’30s are often for­got­ten. Joe Rin­au­do, a local silent cin­e­ma his­to­ri­an and founder of Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety, is on a mis­sion to pre­serve these ear­ly films by putting on shows for chil­dren and adults in parks and muse­ums.

Rin­au­do works with the Library of Con­gress and the Acad­e­my of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences to present ear­ly films to younger gen­er­a­tions. He restored a 1909 Pow­ers 35mm motion pic­ture machine hand-crank and runs the movies as they were over 100 years ago.

Back when motion pic­tures were not read­i­ly avail­able, pro­jec­tion­ists trav­eled to small towns with hand-crank pro­jec­tors and pianos and pro­vid­ed the towns­folk with enter­tain­ment. Rin­au­do hopes to res­ur­rect these old pro­jec­tors and allow chil­dren to enjoy these once-adored silent films.

The kids today have always viewed things on video or on a disk … but with events like this, they’re able to see some­thing that their great-grand­par­ents were see­ing in the 1920s in their teens,” Rin­au­do says.

On Aug. 5, Rin­au­do and the His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety of Cres­cen­ta Val­ley are host­ing a silent movie night at Two Strike Park begin­ning around 8 p.m.

We bring our huge screen, like you would have done back in the ’20s, and have live pianist Cliff Ret­tal­ick,” Rin­au­do said. “We set the pro­jec­tor up, and we do a show just like you would have a hun­dred years ago.”

The idea of host­ing a silent movie in the park was the brain­child of Joan­na Linck­horst and Mike Lawler, both mem­bers of the His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety of Cres­cen­ta Val­ley.

[The HSCV] had done a movie night in Two Strike Park years ago cel­e­brat­ing [actor Den­nis Mor­gan], who found­ed the park,” Linck­horst said.

Joe Rin­au­do is known by the His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety.

We have a real trea­sure in our com­mu­ni­ty in Joe Rin­au­do,” said Lawler. “Joe is a liv­ing his­to­ry.”

The His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety tries to bring a sense of amaze­ment that keeps audi­ences com­ing back for more, like in those ear­ly days of Hol­ly­wood.

In the Cres­cen­ta Val­ley, we’re close to Hol­ly­wood. This silent movie pre­sen­ta­tion shows us how Hol­ly­wood was born,” Lawler said. “Many of these silent movies were shot near­by. It’s fun to watch the back­grounds and try to guess where they were filmed.”

Atten­dance to the movies is free. Atten­dees should bring a chair or blan­ket to sit on. There will, of course, be pop­corn and bake sale items avail­able for a dona­tion.

Two Strike Park is locat­ed at 5107 Rose­mont Ave. in La Cres­cen­ta.

Every­one seems to like [the event]. We get them show­ing up ear­li­er for good seats and more peo­ple [attend] each time,” Link­chorst said.

The show is kid-friend­ly, the admis­sion is free, and baked goods and pop­corns will be on sale. So bring your pic­nic blan­kets and fold­ing chairs to Two Strike Park and trav­el back in time to the 1920s with Joe Rin­au­do.

The movie titles have yet to be announced.

The HSCV sur­vives on dona­tions. Any­one who would like to help can do so by donat­ing at the event or at

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