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Jan. 13 Fundraiser in Burbank, CA

Attend Our Special Fundraiser Evening to Benefit Famous Players Orchestra’s Recording Project

Help the Famous Players Orchestra complete their new CD:

“Music of the Silent Cinema”

Share your love of silent films and the great historic orchestral film music of the silent era! Join us for a fun-filled evening which will include a screening of rare silent films featuring:

• Mary Pickford
• Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
• John Bunny
• Windsor McCay
• Edgar Bergen
• Clara Kimball Young
• Billy Gilbert
• Edgar Kennedy

Silent Auction

The evening will also include a silent auction featuring:
• Movie Memorabilia
• Original Movie Posters
• Original Artwork
• DVDs
• BluRay
• And more!

Place your bid on a variety of fabulous auction items while supporting a great cause! Your generosity will help FPO as they endeavor to preserve this charming, long-forgotten music for future generations to enjoy! All proceeds will go directly toward completing production of the CD.

Your Master of Ceremonies will be film historian, Stan Taffel. Musical accompaniment will feature Scott Lasky on piano.

 

LOCATION:
Christ Lutheran Church
2400 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506

TIME:
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Event starts at 7:00 p.m.

ADMISSION:
$10 suggested donation

Famous Players Orchestra is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is dedicated to performing and recording this charming and long forgotten music. For their repertoire, Famous Players Orchestra draws upon historic orchestrations used by movie theater orchestras of the silent era, and performs this music in programs as accompaniment to live screenings of silent era films. Through live concert performances and recordings, Famous Players Orchestra endeavors to revive and preserve this significant chapter in cinema history. The ensemble is comprised of professional musicians based in the Los Angeles area.

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
JUNE 17 AND NOVEMBER 11 DATES CANCELLED

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

JUNE 17 AND NOVEMBER 11 DATES CANCELLED


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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 2 PM8PM
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.


 

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