SILENT CINEMA ART AND TECHNOLOGY
REENACTMENTS OF ITINERANT
MOVING PICTURE SHOWS
Welcome to the Silent Cinema Society. This is a community of, by and for everyone who is fascinated and entertained by the history, science, talent, machinery, preservation, presentation and of course the films of the silent cinema era.
Whether it’s the education, entertainment or involvement that you are here for, welcome to the Silent Cinema Society. Sit back and “enjoy the show” on each page of this website. You are welcome to hiss and boo (in other words, leave some comments). And ladies, please remove your hats.
Please subscribe (below) to the Newsreel, the newsletter of the Silent Cinema Society. You will be informed of special events and articles pertaining to silent cinema.
This website is just the pixelated portion of the commitment each of us has in keeping silent cinema alive. Many of us actually splice film, refurbish titles, oil projectors, and hand-crank the entire show. Some of us induce emotion, whether comical or tragic, on the pipe organ or piano. Some provide the venues — from grand theatres and pipe organs to grass seats and garage walls — for the itinerant projectionist to entertain his audience.
Many of the audience members are already fans of silent cinema, but what’s especially rewarding is when those who are introduced for the first time say they enjoyed it even more than today’s movies and TV shows. That’s the real pay-off. Hopefully all of us will share our enthusiasm with others, keeping the interest in silent cinema alive for generations to come.
The Silent Cinema Society website is intended to serve many purposes:
- Enlighten and entertain regarding the history (and trivia) of the silent cinema era.
- Share technical tips on the preservation and presentation of film, projectors, fotoplayers, and anything related to silent cinema.
- Eventually a non-profit will be established to enable us to keep doing what we love: researching, collecting, restoring, educating and entertaining.
- Most of all, the Silent Cinema Society was founded to gather a community where we can swap stories, exchange ideas, learn techniques, trade films, find resources, and make new friends.
Whether you are an industry professional, hobbyist, film student, or novice with a flicker of interest in the silent magic lantern, thank you for joining us.