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3 Spooky Silent Shows for Halloween 2017




Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia


Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia


Syl­mar, Cal­i­for­nia

The Spooky Details:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia
$15 Pur­chase Tick­ets Here


Crazy Like a Fox 1926

Charley Chase and Martha Sleeper in “Crazy Like a Fox” (1926)

Join us Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 14, 2017 as we present a screen­ing of four clas­sic come­dies from the Hal Roach Stu­dios. Includ­ed on the pro­gram will be:

Do Detec­tives Think (1927)
Crazy Like a Fox (1926)
Cat, Dog & Co. (1929)
Also, Buster Keaton in The Haunt­ed House (1921)

The films will be accom­pa­nied by a peri­od musi­cal score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott LaskyJoe 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.

Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 14, 2017
7:00 PM

Christ Luther­an Church
2400 West Bur­bank Blvd.
Bur­bank, CA 91506

Tick­ets $15
Order Tickets Here
Pur­chase Tick­ets Here

FULL DETAILS on this pro­gram (as fea­tured in our pre­vi­ous post)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia
$10 Pur­chase Tick­ets Here


The Phan­tom of the Opera at the Fox Bak­ers­field will be a very spe­cial view­ing of the silent clas­sic hor­ror film that you and your fam­i­ly won’t want to miss. You will get to watch this film, com­plete with restored 2-STRIP TECHNICOLOR sequences, accom­pa­nied with the live per­for­mance by Dean Mora at the organ, just like you would have, had you been watch­ing a movie the the Fox Bak­ers­field in 1930. And to add more char­ac­ter and his­toric appeal, the film will be pro­ject­ed from a ful­ly restored 1909 Pow­ers Cam­er­a­graph Hand-Cranked Motion Pic­ture Machine, set up in the cen­ter of the audi­to­ri­um.

The Bakersfield Fox c. 1930The Phan­tom Of The Opera will be screened at the his­toric Fox The­ater Bak­ers­field. Opened in 1930, The Fox was one of the last of its kind built in the Gild­ed Age. The 1500 seat Fox The­ater was designed by famed Los Ange­les archi­tect S. Charles Lee. Known for his trade­mark “The Show Begins on the Side­walk;” his designs would lat­er gain clas­sic sta­tus as paragons of style and beau­ty.  In 1953, the orig­i­nal inte­ri­or was replaced with a con­tem­po­rary Art Deco motif inspired by Fox West Coast The­aters’ Charles P. Skouras. A lav­ish con­ces­sion area was added, along with a remod­el of the mar­quee, box office and main entrance — embell­ished with glitzy 50’s bright met­als, ter­raz­zo and neon. Read more his­to­ry about the Fox The­ater Bak­ers­field here.

In this silent hor­ror clas­sic, aspir­ing young opera singer Chris­tine Daaé (Mary Philbin) dis­cov­ers that she has a mys­te­ri­ous admir­er intent on help­ing her become a lead per­former. This enig­mat­ic masked pres­ence is Erik, also known as the Phan­tom (Lon Chaney), a hor­ri­bly dis­figured recluse who lives under­neath the Paris Opera House. When the Phan­tom takes Chris­tine pris­on­er and demands her devo­tion and affec­tion, her suit­or, Vicomte Raoul de Chag­ny (Nor­man Ker­ry), sets out to res­cue her.

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 2-STRIP TECHNICOLOR 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. 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

Sun­day, Octo­ber 22, 2017
Doors open 1:00 PM ◊ Show 2:00 PM

Bak­ers­field Fox The­ater
2001 H Street
Bak­ers­fieldCA 93301
Box Office phone: (661) 324 -1369

Tick­ets $10
Order Tickets Here
Pur­chase Tick­ets Here

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 at 8 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017 at PM & 8PM
Syl­mar, Cal­i­for­nia
Request Tick­ets
avail­able Sept. 27, 2017 at 4pm
(Admis­sion is free but you must request tick­ets in advance.)


Koko's Earth ControlThe Nether­cutt Col­lec­tion 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. Tick­ets will be avail­able Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 27 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 office only has 3 phone lines. How to Request Nether­cutt Show Tick­ets

This hap­pi­ly haunt­ed show will fea­ture sev­er­al shorts we haven’t pre­sent­ed in a num­ber of years:

Koko’s Earth Con­trol (Car­toon)
The Thiev­ing Hand
Do Detec­tives Think (Lau­rel & Hardy)
Cat, Dog, and Co. (Our Gang)
Super-Hoop­er Dyne Lizzies 

Mighty (Spooky) Wurlitzer
Ghost of Mil­dred Smith

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.

Don’t for­get to call for tick­ets Wednes­day Sept. 27 at 4pm sharp — and enjoy the show!

Fri­day, Octo­ber 27, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 28, 2017 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.
Order Tickets Here
How to Request Nether­cutt Show Tick­ets


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

Habeas Cor­pus” film cour­tesy of the Black­hawk film library.

Pow­ers Cam­er­a­graph pro­jec­tor
Dean Mora, organ­ist and swing band leader
Nether­cutt Col­lec­tion
Fox The­ater Bak­ers­field
Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety
Famous Play­ers Orches­tra
Glass Lantern Slides

Sat. Oct. 14: “Hal O’Ween” Hal Roach Comedies with Live Orchestra

Crazy Like a Fox 1926Charley Chase and Martha Sleeper in “Crazy Like a Fox” (1926)


Famous Play­ers Orches­tra

A Hal Roach O’ween

An Evening of Silent Come­dies from the Hal Roach Stu­dios
Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 14, 2017 as we present “A Hal Roach O’ween”, a screen­ing of four clas­sic come­dies from the silent era. Includ­ed on the pro­gram will be:

Do Detec­tives Think (1927)
Crazy Like a Fox (1926)
Cat, Dog & Co. (1929)
Also, Buster Keaton in The Haunt­ed House (1921)

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 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:15pm. 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.


March 10th, 2018
Famous Play­ers Orches­tra Presents:

The Goose Woman


 Star­ring: Louise Dress­er

Louise Dresser and Jack Pickford in “The Goose Woman” (1925)

“The Goose Woman” (1925) Silent dra­ma-sus­pense
Direct­ed by Clarence Brown
Pro­duc­tion: Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures Cor­po­ra­tion
Pro­duc­er: Carl Laemm­le

Based on a short sto­ry by Rex Beach.

Star­ring: Louise Dress­er (Marie de Nardi/Mary Holmes), Jack Pick­ford (Ger­ald Holmes), Con­stance Ben­nett (Hazel Woods), Spot­tis­woode Aitken (Jacob Rig­gs), Gus­tav von Seyf­fer­titz (Thomas Vogel), George Nichols (Detec­tive Lopez), Marc McDer­mott (Amos Ethridge), George Coop­er (Reporter).

Louise Dress­er gives an out­stand­ing per­for­mance as the once world-famous opera sopra­no, Marie de Nar­di, now liv­ing on a dirty, extreme­ly run­down goose farm under the name Mary Holmes.

Sloven­ly, bit­ter, and drunk­en, she pours over old scrap­books and pho­tos of her­self dur­ing her tri­umphant years, while lis­ten­ing to an old record­ing of her voice. Hav­ing giv­en up her career for moth­er­hood, she is resent­ful and full of hatred towards her only son, Ger­ald (Jack Pick­ford).

When a mur­der is com­mit­ted near her house, she invents a sto­ry in order to get her­self back in front of the pub­lic again. How­ev­er, the sto­ry she comes up with results in her son being arrest­ed for the mur­der. The Goose Woman became one of Universal’s “Jew­els,” a pres­tige pro­duc­tion with a bet­ter than aver­age script, an excel­lent cast and pro­duc­tion val­ues, and an up-and-com­ing direc­tor.

The March 10, 2017 show­ing is accom­pa­nied by a peri­od orches­tral score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra. Joe Rin­au­do will hand-crank the 35mm film on his Pow­ers Cam­er­a­graph Mov­ing Pic­ture Machine.

Show­time is 7:00 p.m. The venue is Christ Luther­an Church 2400 West Bur­bank Blvd. Bur­bank, CA 91506. Tick­ets go on sale Feb­ru­ary 1st, 2018 and can be pur­chased from our web­site at

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


Sup­port Our New CD Record­ing Project and receive Auto­graphed CD and Free Ship­ping (order by Oct. 31, 2017)


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 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.

Donat­ing through Pay­Pal is quick and easy!

Donate Button with Credit Cards







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. Con­tin­ue read­ing Sat. Oct. 14: “Hal O’Ween” Hal Roach Come­dies with Live Orches­tra

Famous Players Orchestra Performs at Cinecon

The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra was hon­ored to per­form at the gala open­ing night of the 53rd annu­al Cinecon Clas­sic Film Fes­ti­val in Hol­ly­wood at the Egypt­ian the­atre. We were thrilled to receive a stand­ing ova­tion after per­form­ing our score to “Steam­boat Bill Jr.” (1928). Thank you Cinecon!

Here are a few scenes of FPO’s Cinecon pre­miere:

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra con­duct­ed by Scott Lasky:

Scott Lasky, Conductor, and Famous Players Orchestra

Our New CD
Music of the Silent Cin­e­ma
is slat­ed for release in
Novem­ber 2017

All orders post­marked before Octo­ber 31, 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. We need your sup­port to make this won­der­ful record­ing project pos­si­ble. Please spec­i­fy “CD” when donat­ing through the Pay­Pal link below. Thank you!

For more infor­ma­tion about Famous Play­ers Orches­tra please vis­it

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