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

EXTRA! EXTRA! Pro­fes­sor Rin­au­do makes front page news at Cres­cen­ta Val­ley Week­ly:

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 www.cvhistory.org

Best Underrated Theaters In Los Angeles

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Scott Lasky conducts The Famous Players Orchestra as they “narrate” the Laurel and Hardy short Habeas Corpus. Joe Rinaudo hand-cranks his 1909 Powers Cameragraph. (Facebook)

by CARMAN TSE in ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 
EXCERPT FROM LAIST.COM

Los Ange­les is the birth­place of Hol­ly­wood, and it only stands to rea­son that we have more than our fair share of lux­u­ry mul­ti­plex­es and reper­to­ry hous­es play­ing all the clas­sics. But where does one turn to if Cine­fam­i­ly or the New Bev­er­ly is too far out of the way, or if you’re look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more adven­tur­ous to watch on the big screen? Here, we’ve list­ed some of the more under-the-radar the­aters in Los Ange­les that may have escaped your atten­tion. Make a night in with Net­flix a last resort with one of these the­aters that you prob­a­bly haven’t been to.

A church in Bur­bank might be the last place you’d expect to see a movie, but once in a while it hosts a must-see event for any cinephile in L.A. While pro­ject­ing silent films on 35mm from a hand-cranked pro­jec­tor, the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra pro­vides the musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment, giv­ing you the clos­est expe­ri­ence to what it was like to go out to the movies dur­ing the hey­day of the silent era. For­get see­ing movies at a ceme­tery in Hol­ly­wood — this is the most unique moviego­ing expe­ri­ence in Los Ange­les.

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra holds their events at the Christ Luther­an Church at 2400 W. Bur­bank Blvd. in Bur­bank. Check the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra site for their event sched­ule.

Carman Tse is a diehard Giants fan living in Los Angeles as well as a freelance arts and culture writer and former editor-in-chief at LAist. Follow him on Twitter at @CarmanTse.

Reprinted from laist.com

 

Highlights from our last show with orchestra

Here are high­lights from our recent “The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”, a screen­ing of clas­sic come­dies from the silent era, pre­sent­ed Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017, in Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia.

The films were accom­pa­nied by a peri­od musi­cal score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky. For the first time ever there were sound effects to go with the films, per­formed by Mr. Gary Gib­son.

Pay Day (1922) star­ring Charles Chap­lin:

A Pair of Tights (1929) star­ring Mar­i­on Byron, Ani­ta Garvin and Edgar Kennedy:

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Sat. June 10: “Golden Age of Silent Comedy” with Live Orchestra

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Charles Chaplin


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Famous Players Orchestra
presents:

The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”
Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017 as we present “The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”, a screen­ing of four clas­sic come­dies from the silent era.


To start the evening off, Mr. Stan Taffel and Mr. Scott Lasky will take you through the process of how the orches­tra is used to make the films on the screen come alive musi­cal­ly.

For the first time ever there will be sound effects to go with the films. Mr. Gary Gib­son is the sound effects man.


Included on the program will be:

Why Pick on Me? (1918) star­ring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels and Snub Pol­lard
Pay Day (1922) star­ring Charles Chap­lin
A Pair of Tights (1929) star­ring Mar­i­on Byron, Ani­ta Garvin and Edgar Kennedy
The Show (1922) star­ring Lar­ry Semon and Oliv­er Hardy

The films will be accom­pa­nied by a peri­od musi­cal score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky. Mr.  Lasky has cre­at­ed orig­i­nal scores using peri­od music. He has spent many, many days research­ing and compiling/creating peri­od scores for each of the four films to be screened.

Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be film his­to­ri­an Mr. Stan Taffel.

Joe Rin­au­do will project 35mm film on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine, assist­ed by Mr. Gary Gib­son

Mr. Shane Glan­der will be pro­vid­ing the screen. Mr. Gary Lach­er will be on hand to video doc­u­ment the evening.


Show­time is 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:45pm. Pro­gram will include a 30 minute inter­mis­sion and raf­fle with prizes. Con­ces­sions will be avail­able.

Admis­sion is $15 (sug­gest­ed dona­tion). Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the door begin­ning approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or in advance online here:

Order Tickets Here

The venue is: Christ Luther­an Church, 2400 West Bur­bank Blvd, Bur­bank, CA 91505. It is locat­ed on the south­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Blvd and Bue­na Vista St, direct­ly behind the Dunn Edwards paint store, and right in the heart of beau­ti­ful down­town Bur­bank.

Thank you to every­one for attend­ing our past shows and for your con­tin­ued sup­port! It is so great­ly appre­ci­at­ed!


ABOUT FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA

In the final decades of the silent film era (1910 -1929), a new and orig­i­nal art form was bur­geon­ing. Dur­ing this peri­od, a vast and beau­ti­ful reper­toire of film music was being cre­at­ed by gift­ed com­posers who saw a great future in the new medi­um. Movie the­aters of the day com­mon­ly uti­lized orches­tras to pro­vide film accom­pa­ni­ment for their pre­mi­um show­ings. These the­aters typ­i­cal­ly housed mas­sive libraries of this music, (known at the time as “pho­to­play” music) for use as film accom­pa­ni­ment. How­ev­er, the advent of “talkies” in 1929, pre­ced­ed by the Movi­etone and Vita­phone sys­tems, would even­tu­al­ly bring the demise of live film accom­pa­ni­ment. Thus, as movie the­aters con­vert­ed over to sound, these music libraries became obso­lete almost overnight and most of the music was dis­card­ed in the process. And since pho­to­play music was rarely record­ed, and the com­posers most­ly unknown, this impor­tant chap­ter in cin­e­ma his­to­ry was swept away into obscu­ri­ty and has remained prac­ti­cal­ly for­got­ten.

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra is a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion whose char­i­ta­ble mis­sion is ded­i­cat­ed to reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this charm­ing and long for­got­ten music through live per­for­mances and new record­ing projects. For its reper­toire, Famous Play­ers Orches­tra draws upon the orig­i­nal orches­tra­tions used by silent era movie the­ater orches­tras in its live pre­sen­ta­tions and record­ings. The ensem­ble is com­prised of pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians based in the Los Ange­les area.

Your sup­port is appre­ci­at­ed! Your gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions help us to con­tin­ue our work in reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this musi­cal trea­sure from cinema’s past. Dona­tions are eas­i­ly accept­ed using pay­pal. Thank you!

Vis­it the FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA Web­site

Sat. June 10: “Golden Age of Silent Comedy” with Live Orchestra

Charles Chaplin

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra
presents:
The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”
Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017 as we present “The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”, a screen­ing of four clas­sic come­dies from the silent era. Includ­ed on the pro­gram will be:

Why Pick on Me? (1918) star­ring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels and Snub Pol­lard
Pay Day (1922) star­ring Charles Chap­lin
A Pair of Tights (1929) star­ring Mar­i­on Byron, Ani­ta Garvin and Edgar Kennedy
The Show (1922) star­ring Lar­ry Semon and Oliv­er Hardy

The films will be accom­pa­nied by a peri­od musi­cal score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky. Joe Rin­au­do will project 35mm film on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine. Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be film his­to­ri­an Stan Taffel.

Show­time is 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:45pm. Pro­gram will include a 30 minute inter­mis­sion and raf­fle with prizes. Con­ces­sions will be avail­able.

Admis­sion is $15. Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the door begin­ning approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or in advance online here:

Order Tickets Here

The venue is: Christ Luther­an Church, 2400 West Bur­bank Blvd, Bur­bank, CA 91505. It is locat­ed on the south­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Blvd and Bue­na Vista St, direct­ly behind the Dunn Edwards paint store, and right in the heart of beau­ti­ful down­town Bur­bank.

Thank you to every­one for attend­ing our past shows and for your con­tin­ued sup­port! It is so great­ly appre­ci­at­ed!

Here is a video high­light from our March 11th, 2017 show,
Steam­boat Bill Jr (1928) Final Scene — Live Orches­tra:

Here is How You Can Sup­port Our New CD Record­ing Project:

Our New CD, “Music of the Silent Cin­e­ma” is slat­ed for release in Novem­ber 2017.

We need your sup­port to make this won­der­ful record­ing project pos­si­ble! All orders post­marked before Octo­ber 31st, 2017 will receive free ship­ping and the CD auto­graphed by FPO’s Musi­cal Direc­tor Scott Lasky. Your pre-order dona­tion of $25 will go a long way toward help­ing us cov­er our pro­duc­tion costs. Please spec­i­fy “CD” when donat­ing through the Pay­Pal link below. Thank you!


Famous Play­ers Orches­tra per­forms and records the orig­i­nal his­toric film music used by movie the­ater orches­tras dur­ing the silent film era.
All pro­ceeds to ben­e­fit Famous Play­ers Orches­tra, a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion. Please vis­it our web­site at www.fporchestra.org Thank you for your sup­port!
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED!Please con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion to Famous Play­ers Orches­tra. Gifts in any amount are great­ly appre­ci­at­ed! Your gen­er­ous sup­port will help us to con­tin­ue our work in reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this musi­cal trea­sure from cinema’s past. Every dol­lar we receive is uti­lized in the most effi­cient man­ner pos­si­ble toward achiev­ing our mis­sion. Famous Play­ers Orches­tra is a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion and your con­tri­bu­tions are tax-deductable.
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ABOUT FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA

In the final decades of the silent film era (1910 -1929), a new and orig­i­nal art form was bur­geon­ing. Dur­ing this peri­od, a vast and beau­ti­ful reper­toire of film music was being cre­at­ed by gift­ed com­posers who saw a great future in the new medi­um. Movie the­aters of the day com­mon­ly uti­lized orches­tras to pro­vide film accom­pa­ni­ment for their pre­mi­um show­ings. These the­aters typ­i­cal­ly housed mas­sive libraries of this music, (known at the time as “pho­to­play” music) for use as film accom­pa­ni­ment. How­ev­er, the advent of “talkies” in 1929, pre­ced­ed by the Movi­etone and Vita­phone sys­tems, would even­tu­al­ly bring the demise of live film accom­pa­ni­ment. Thus, as movie the­aters con­vert­ed over to sound, these music libraries became obso­lete almost overnight and most of the music was dis­card­ed in the process. And since pho­to­play music was rarely record­ed, and the com­posers most­ly unknown, this impor­tant chap­ter in cin­e­ma his­to­ry was swept away into obscu­ri­ty and has remained prac­ti­cal­ly for­got­ten.

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra is a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion whose char­i­ta­ble mis­sion is ded­i­cat­ed to reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this charm­ing and long for­got­ten music through live per­for­mances and new record­ing projects. For its reper­toire, Famous Play­ers Orches­tra draws upon the orig­i­nal orches­tra­tions used by silent era movie the­ater orches­tras in its live pre­sen­ta­tions and record­ings. The ensem­ble is com­prised of pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians based in the Los Ange­les area.

Your sup­port is appre­ci­at­ed! Your gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions help us to con­tin­ue our work in reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this musi­cal trea­sure from cinema’s past. Dona­tions are eas­i­ly accept­ed using pay­pal. Thank you!

Vis­it the FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA Web­site