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3 Spooky Silent Shows for Halloween 2017

WHAT COULD BE SPOOKIER
THANDARK THEATER HAUNTED BY SILENT GHOSTS FROMCENTURY PAST, BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE BYSINGLE HAND, CRANKING AN ANTIQUE MOVING PICTURE MACHINE

JOIN US THIS OCTOBER FOR THESE
HIGHLY SPIRITED SHOWS:


OCT. 14HAL-OWEEN EVENING OF HAL ROACH COMEDIES WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH
Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia

OCT. 22PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) WITH LIVE ORGAN AND RESTORED COLOR SEQUENCES

BAKERSFIELD FOX THEATRE
Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia

OCT. 27 & 28 ♠ HAPPILY HAUNTING SHORT COMEDIES & DRAMA WITH MIGHTY WURLITZER

NETHERCUTT COLLECTION
Syl­mar, Cal­i­for­nia

The Spooky Details:

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

A HAL-OWEEN EVENING OF HAL ROACH COMEDIES

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.

Show­time:
Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 14, 2017
7:00 PM

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

Admis­sion:
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
FOX THEATER BAKERSFIELD
Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia
$10 Pur­chase Tick­ets Here

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

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.

Syn­op­sis
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.

Restora­tion
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

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

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

Admis­sion:
Tick­ets $10
Order Tickets Here
Pur­chase Tick­ets Here


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

HAPPY HAUNTED HALLOWEEN SHORTS

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)
Sus­pense
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!

Show­times:
Fri­day, Octo­ber 27, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Loca­tion:
Nether­cutt Col­lec­tion
15200 Bled­soe Street
Syl­mar, CA 91342
map

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


RESTORATION CREDITS

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
DesimoneDesign.com

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
Fotokem.com

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

Habeas Cor­pus” film cour­tesy of the Black­hawk film library.


MORE INFORMATION:
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
presents:

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.


COMING SOON —

March 10th, 2018
Famous Play­ers Orches­tra Presents:

The Goose Woman

(1925)

 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 www.fporchestra.org/events


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 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.

Donat­ing through Pay­Pal is quick and easy!

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Vis­it the FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA Web­site

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. 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 fporchestra.org.

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