Category Archives: Mighty Wurlitzer


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


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).


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.

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

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.

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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Here’s a list of resources and entertainment relating to Silent Cinema Art and Technology:

Dean Mora

Silent Cinema Organist and Swing Band Leader

Dean Mora evokes suspense, laughter, even horror, at the Mighty Wurlitzer when he accompanies Joe Rinaudo’s hand crank Silent Cinema itinerant show at the Nethercutt.

Mr. Mora and His Orchestra are also regularly featured at Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club, a vintage night club and Los Angeles swing dancing venue in downtown Los Angeles as well as many other venues, events and private parties throughout Southern California.

Mr. Mora’s music is regularly played throughout Disneyland’s Main Street and Disney’s California Adventure where it is heard by thousands of visitors each day.

Famous Players Orchestra

Reviving Remarkable Music


Famous Players Orchestra performs and records historic cinematic music used by movie theater orchestras during the silent film era.

Nethercutt Collection

Featuring the World’s Third Largest Theatre Pipe Organ

Opulent venue for Joe Rinaudo’s hand-crank itinerary shows, featuring the 5,000-piped Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ
Nethercutt calender of events

American Theatre Organ Society

Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema is edited by Stephen Herbert and Luke McKernan. The website states: “This is a guide to over 300 leading figures in Victorian cinema, defined as filmmaking in its broadest sense from the first glimmerings in the 1870s to the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901.”

The Bioscope

As stated on the website: “The Bioscope is dedicated to the subject of early and silent cinema. It covers news, publications, events, discoveries, documents, critical theory, filmmakers, performers, audiences and the technology of the silent era, embracing film production, distribution and exhibition, as well as ‘pre-cinema’, chronophotography, optical toys, and related media, across the world. There is an emphasis on research and scholarly discovery, but there should be as much here for the general enthusiast as for the specialist.” The Bioscope is no longer active as a blog but is being kept online as an archive. It was administered and written by Luke McKernan.

Title Design

Title, Intertitle and Lantern Slide Restoration and Recreation

Chaz DeSimone, Joe Rinaudo’s friend of 50 years, retouches and recreates titles and intertitles for Joe’s silent film restorations, as well as for other collectors and restorers.

Before Restoration


Restored Title

Here’s a sampling of restored silent film titles and glass lantern slides.

In this century, Chaz designs logos, books, brochures and websites (including this one). His personal design project is, featuring “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”

Early to Bed Tent – Oasis #239

For Laurel & Hardy FansEarly to Bed Tent

The Early To Bed Tent – Oasis #239 is where people of all ages join us six times a year to honor the lives and enjoy the classic humor of the greatest comedy team in the world—Laurel & Hardy.

Joe Rinaudo plays Laurel & Hardy’s theme song:

First you will recognize an original soundtrack of the Laurel & Hardy theme song. Next, Joe Rinaudo tells us a heartwarming story about its composer, Marvin Hatley. Finally, listen to the “Cuk-Cuk Walzer” which inspired the famous theme song, played on the American Fotoplayer.

The main focus of our tent is on the films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.  We screen all of their movies that are available to us in the 16mm film format.  In addition to the films that Laurel & Hardy made as a team, we view some of their early solo work as well.

Joe Rinaudo, Gary Gibson and Dean Mora are mentioned on this page.


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