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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


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

Carla Laemmle, 104, Attends Restored Phantom Screening

Carla-Laemmle--Joe-Rinaudo

Carla Laemmle, 104, attends screening of 1925 Phantom of the Opera, in which she was the prima ballerina. Film was restored by Joe Rinaudo, seen here with Ms. Laemmle.
Watch the documentary below:


Documentary: Premiere Screening of Restored Phantom of the Opera

This fas­ci­nat­ing doc­u­men­tary by Michael J. Cahill / 35mm Films takes you to the grand ball­room  at the Nether­cutt, where you wit­ness the behind-the-scenes thread­ing, crank­ing, and pro­ject­ing of the Restored 1925 Phan­tom of the Opera. You also see the chang­ing of glass lantern slides for reel changes and inter­mis­sion.

Carla Laemmle in audience and on screen

Carla LaemmleThis pre­miere screen­ing of the restored film was attend­ed by Ms. Car­la Laemm­le, niece of Carl Laemm­le, own­er of Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios at the time. Most fas­ci­nat­ing is that Ms. Laemm­le was not only in the audi­ence, she was in  the film, fea­tured as the pri­ma bal­le­ri­na.

Ms. Laemm­le, 104 years of age when this doc­u­men­tary was filmed, gave an insight­ful inter­view to Joe Rin­au­do, recall­ing spe­cial moments on the set and work­ing with Lon Chaney.

Of spe­cial note is that the film was pro­ject­ed on a Pow­ers Cam­er­a­graph, man­u­fac­tured in 1909 — the same year Car­la Laemm­le was born.

Ms. Laemm­le attend­ed the screen­ing on Octo­ber 26, 2013 of the restored Phan­tom of the Opera, the film she danced in near­ly nine­ty years pri­or.  She passed away sev­en months lat­er. Con­tin­ue read­ing Car­la Laemm­le, 104, Attends Restored Phan­tom Screen­ing