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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