Category Archives: Famous Players Orchestra

Packed House! Buster Keaton & Live Orchestra

Video courtesy of Stan Taffel, the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

What hap­pens when you com­bine a live orches­tra with a silent film? A packed house! Over 300 peo­ple showed up, and we had to open up the bal­cony. There was laugh­ter, applause, and excite­ment through­out the entire show. 

As Bob Dun­can says, “An impres­sive evening in every way — the orchestra’s score was in sync with the film from begin­ning to end and def­i­nite­ly enhanced the audience’s enjoy­ment and the film print was crys­tal clear. A mem­o­rable evening that all the par­tic­i­pants can be very proud of.”

The show includ­ed a cou­ple car­toons and the pop­u­lar “Steam­boat Bill Jr.” star­ring Buster Keaton; hand-cranked on a Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine by Joe Rin­au­do; and accom­pa­nied by the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra, scored and con­duct­ed by Scott Lasky. Stan Taffel served as Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies and Shane Glan­der pro­ject­ed the glass lantern slides.

In addi­tion to the silent cin­e­ma and live orches­tra, there was a raf­fle of orig­i­nal Dis­ney art­work, hot dogs, refresh­ments, and of course pop­corn. 

Famous Players Orchestra Board of Directors

Famous Players Orchestra Board of Directors

The evening was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess. As Mr. Taffel says, “It’s an hon­or to be involved with Famous Play­ers Orches­tra and to serve on the board of direc­tors with Scott Lasky, Joe Rin­au­do, Joni Varn­er, Gary Lacher, Gary Gib­son, Paul But­ler, and Dean Mora.”

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March 11 • Live Orchestra • 1928 Buster Keaton

Steamboat Bill Jr

Join us this Sat­ur­day, March 11th, 2017 as we present Buster Keaton and Ernest Tor­rence in the 1928 silent com­e­dy clas­sic Steam­boat Bill Jr. with Live Accom­pa­ni­ment by the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra.

This is going to bean amaz­ing show and we real­ly need your help to get the word out. Please tell your friends about us. Or if you’re on Face­book, please use this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723288244668436/ to “share” this rare event. 

The film will be pre­sent­ed with a live peri­od musi­cal score per­formed by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky.  §  Joe Rin­au­do will project a high-def­i­n­i­tion restored 35mm film print 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 7pm. Doors open at 6:15pm. Pro­gram will include a 30 min­ute inter­mis­sion and raf­fle with prizes. Con­ces­sions will be avail­able down­stairs at the snack bar.

Admis­sion is $10. Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the door begin­ning approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or in advance online here:

Loca­tion: 
Christ Luther­an Church
2400 W. Bur­bank Blvd.
Bur­bank, CA 91506
(south­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Bl. & Bue­na Vis­ta St., direct­ly behind the Dunn-Edwards paint store)

MORE INFORMATION:
Famous Play­ers Orches­tra

UPCOMING 2017 SHOWS

Here are sev­er­al shows through­out Los Ange­les in ear­ly 2017 fea­tur­ing the sights, sounds and his­to­ry of enter­tain­ment as expe­ri­enced a cen­tu­ry ago dur­ing the Silent Cin­e­ma era:


Jan­u­ary 26, 2017 ♦ 5:30 pm

Los Angeles In The Ragtime Era

Ragtime Era in Los Angeles

Pre­sent­ed by Galen Wilkes
Cal­abasas-Las Vir­ge­nes His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety
Cal­abasas Library, 200 Civic Cen­ter Way, Cal­abasas


Feb­ru­ary 10 and 11, 2017 ♦ 2:00 and 8:00 pm

Nethercutt

Mighty Wurlitzer at The Nethercutt Collection

For those of you who have tick­ets for the Feb­ru­ary Nether­cutt show, here is the pro­gram:

The theme will be LOVE for Valentines Day. 

The show will fea­ture:

 

Buster Keaton in “Neigh­bors”

Lar­ry Semon in “Plagues And Pup­py Love”

A very rare Edis­on Film from 1907 “The Ted­dy Bears”

 A rarely seen Charley Chase com­e­dy “There Ain’t No San­ta Claus”

 Plus a sur­prise from the Black­hawk film col­lec­tion with spe­cial thanks to Mr. David Shep­ard

Joe Rin­au­do will be assist­ed on the hand-cranked Pow­ers Cam­er­a­graph Motion Pic­ture Machine by Gary Gib­son, pro­ject­ing glass lantern slides, and Dean Mora on the mighty Wurl­itzer The­ater Organ (third largest the­ater organ in the world).

LOCATION AND EVENT DETAILS HERE

Sorry, this event is sold out. If you have your tickets, enjoy the show! If not, hope to see you next October for our annual Halloween Spooktacular at the Nethercutt.


March 11, 2017  7:00 pm

Steamboat Bill, Jr.” with
Live Orchestra
Steamboat Bill Jr

 

Fea­tur­ing a live musi­cal score per­formed by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky.

Pro­ject­ed by Joe Rin­au­do in 35mm on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine. Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be Stan Taffel.

The pro­gram will include a 30 min­ute inter­mis­sion and there will also be a raf­fle with prizes. Con­ces­sions will be avail­able down­stairs at the snack bar.

Show­time:
Sat­ur­day, March 11, 2017
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Loca­tion: 
Christ Luther­an Church
2400 W. Bur­bank Blvd.
Bur­bank, CA 91506
(south­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Bl. & Bue­na Vis­ta St., direct­ly behind the Dunn-Edwards paint store)

Admis­sion is $10.00 (sug­gest­ed dona­tion)

Tick­ets will go on sale at the door approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time.

You can also pur­chase tick­ets online start­ing Feb­ru­ary 1 through the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra web­site.

MORE INFORMATION:
Famous Play­ers Orches­tra


March 25, June 17, and Novem­ber 11, 2017  7:00 pm

On three spe­cial dates through­out the year,
Galen Wilkes will present

An Edwardian Evening of Entertainment

 

Edwardian Evening of Entertainment

Enjoy a peri­od vaude­ville show, wit­ness a live record­ing of the audi­ence onto an Edis­on wax cylin­der, and expe­ri­ence oth­er fas­ci­nat­ing exam­ples of the Edwar­dian era.

Per­ry Man­sion, Her­itage Square Muse­um
3800 Homer St., High­land Park

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3 Silent Spooky Apparitions this October

Phantom of the Opera PosterThree Itinerant Shows are planned for October at which I will hand-crank my 1909 Power’s Cameragraph Model 6 Moving Picture Machine, with other visual and musical delights provided by my colleagues. I hope to see you there. —Joe Rinaudo

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM
HANFORD FOX THEATRE
Han­ford, Cal­i­for­nia

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phan­tom Of The Opera” will be screened at the his­toric Han­ford Fox The­atre. Built in 1929, the Han­ford Fox boasts a 12 rank Wurl­itzer pipe organ to be played by Dean Mora. 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 col­or 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. Plus see the orig­i­nal Tech­ni­col­or end­ing as well! 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:
Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Loca­tion:
Han­ford Fox The­atre
326 N. Irwin Street
Han­ford, CA 93230
map

Tick­et Infor­ma­tion


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 at 8 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 at PM & 8PM
Nether­cutt Col­lec­tion
Syl­mar, Cal­i­for­nia
Request Tick­ets
(Admis­sion is free but you must order tick­ets in advance.)

Halloween Show

organ-pipes-with-ghost600x438The 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. Dean Mora will play the mighty Wurl­itzer pipe organ which is the third largest in the world. Gary Gib­son will provide orig­i­nal glass lantern slides dur­ing all reel changes. Tick­ets will be avail­able on Sep­tem­ber 21 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

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.

MORE INFORMATION:
Pow­ers Cam­er­a­graph pro­jec­tor
Dean Mora, organ­ist and swing band lead­er
Nether­cutt Col­lec­tion

Don’t for­get to call for tick­ets Wednes­day Sept. 21 at 4pm sharp — and enjoy the show!

Show­times:
Fri­day, Octo­ber 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 22, 2016 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.
How to Request Nether­cutt Show Tick­ets


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016 at 7PM
Christ Luther­an Church
Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia

The Phantom of the Opera & Habeas Corpus

Phantom of the Opera Posterhabeas corpus poster l&h

Original Posters from Universal and MGM

Famous Play­ers Orchestra’s “Hal­loween Silent Film Spook­tac­u­lar” is com­ing up. This will be a very spe­cial show you won’t want to miss.

The main fea­ture on the pro­gram will be a one-of-a-kind restored ver­sion of the 1925 hor­ror clas­sic,“The Phan­tom of the Opera” star­ring the “man of a thou­sand faces,” Lon Chaney. This restored print of “Phan­tom” can­not be seen any­where else, and is the only 35mm print in exis­tence which tells the com­plete sto­ry as orig­i­nal­ly intend­ed. All of the orig­i­nal col­or sequences have been restored as they were seen in 1925 under Joe Rinaudo’s direc­tion and super­vi­sion. Orig­i­nal nar­ra­tive and spo­ken inter-titles (about 68) have been restored by Chaz DeS­i­mone, as well as the pro­logue titles that describe the begin­nings of the Phan­tom and his con­nec­tion to the Paris Opera House. Plus, see the orig­i­nal Tech­ni­col­or end­ing as well! 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. “The Phan­tom of the Opera” will be pre­sent­ed with a live musi­cal score accom­pa­nied by Scott Lasky on the pipe organ.

Also includ­ed on the pro­gram will be the 1928 two reel Lau­rel & Hardy com­e­dy “Habeas Cor­pus.”  

Not a trick, just a very spe­cial treat:

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra will per­form a live score for “Habeas Cor­pus.” This is the first time that the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra will play pub­licly for a film. Please attend and sup­port this non prof­it orga­ni­za­tion. The Famous Play­ers Orchestra’s mis­sion is to pre­serve and per­form authen­tic motion pic­ture music as it was intend­ed to be used with silent film pre­sen­ta­tions.

Both films will be shown in 35mm, pro­ject­ed by Joe Rin­au­do on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­graph Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine.

Glass lantern slides will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing reel changes by Mr. Shane Glan­der.

Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be Stan Taffel. Show­time is at 7pm and the doors open at 6:15pm. Admis­sion is a sug­gest­ed dona­tion of $10.00. Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the door approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or you may buy them in advance secure­ly online here:

tix-fpo

 

The Phan­tom of the Opera”
Restora­tion Cred­its:
see below

Show­time:
Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 29, 2016
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Loca­tion: 
Christ Luther­an Church
2400 W. Bur­bank Blvd.
Bur­bank, CA 91506
(South­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Bl. & Bue­na Vis­ta St.)

Admis­sion is $10.00 (sug­gest­ed dona­tion)

Tick­ets will go on sale at the door approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time.

MORE INFORMATION:
Famous Play­ers Orches­tra


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.


 

The End

Evening of Classic Silent Comedies
June 4, 2016

Our last show was a tremendous success. Read about it hereDon’t miss this one!

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FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA
Presents an Evening of

Classic Comedies

Hand-Cranked Clas­sic Silent Film Come­dies
With Live Musi­cal Accom­pa­ni­ment

Sat­ur­day, June 4, 2016
7:00 pm

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PROGRAM INCLUDESJune_04 film strip

LAUREL and HARDY
CHARLIE CHAPLIN
MACK SENNETT
CHARLEY CHASE
and Sur­pris­es!

Hand-cranked 35 mil­lime­ter film pro­ject­ed by Joe Rin­au­do on an orig­i­nal Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­graph Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine.
Live musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment fea­tur­ing Scott Lasky on piano.

Date:
Sat­ur­day, June 4, 2016
Doors open at 6:15 pm
Show starts at 7:00 pm

Loca­tion: 
Christ Luther­an Church
2400 W. Bur­bank Blvd.
Bur­bank, CA 91506
(South­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Bl. & Bue­na Vis­ta St.)

Admis­sion is $10.00 (sug­gest­ed dona­tion)

Tick­ets will go on sale at the door approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or you may buy them in advance secure­ly online here:button_buy_tickets1

This time we will be hold­ing our event upstairs in the more spa­cious church audi­to­ri­um. Show will run approx. 125 min­utes inclu­sive of a short inter­mis­sion. Con­ces­sions for sale.

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Famous Players Orchestra performs and records the original historic cinematic music used by movie theater orchestras during the silent film era.
All proceeds to benefit Famous Players Orchestra, a 501©3 non profit organization. Please visit our website at:

www.fporchestra.org.

Thank you for your sup­port. Enjoy the show!