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Travel Back in Time with Silent Movie Night at Two Strike Park

EXTRA! EXTRA! Pro­fes­sor Rin­au­do makes front page news at Cres­cen­ta Val­ley Week­ly:

Silent Movie Night at Two Strike Park – print

Pro­jec­tion­ist Joe Rin­au­do will bring his vin­tage equip­ment to Two Strike Park to share films from the past.

By Joan­na KIM, intern
Cres­cen­ta Val­ley Week­ly 

With the dig­i­tal­iza­tion of movies and videos in the mod­ern age, silent films of the 1920s and ’30s are often for­got­ten. Joe Rin­au­do, a local silent cin­e­ma his­to­ri­an and founder of Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety, is on a mis­sion to pre­serve these ear­ly films by putting on shows for chil­dren and adults in parks and muse­ums.

Rin­au­do works with the Library of Con­gress and the Acad­e­my of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences to present ear­ly films to younger gen­er­a­tions. He restored a 1909 Pow­ers 35mm motion pic­ture machine hand-crank and runs the movies as they were over 100 years ago.

Back when motion pic­tures were not read­i­ly avail­able, pro­jec­tion­ists trav­eled to small towns with hand-crank pro­jec­tors and pianos and pro­vid­ed the towns­folk with enter­tain­ment. Rin­au­do hopes to res­ur­rect these old pro­jec­tors and allow chil­dren to enjoy these once-adored silent films.

The kids today have always viewed things on video or on a disk … but with events like this, they’re able to see some­thing that their great-grand­par­ents were see­ing in the 1920s in their teens,” Rin­au­do says.

On Aug. 5, Rin­au­do and the His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety of Cres­cen­ta Val­ley are host­ing a silent movie night at Two Strike Park begin­ning around 8 p.m.

We bring our huge screen, like you would have done back in the ’20s, and have live pianist Cliff Ret­tal­ick,” Rin­au­do said. “We set the pro­jec­tor up, and we do a show just like you would have a hun­dred years ago.”

The idea of host­ing a silent movie in the park was the brain­child of Joan­na Linck­horst and Mike Lawler, both mem­bers of the His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety of Cres­cen­ta Val­ley.

[The HSCV] had done a movie night in Two Strike Park years ago cel­e­brat­ing [actor Den­nis Mor­gan], who found­ed the park,” Linck­horst said.

Joe Rin­au­do is known by the His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety.

We have a real trea­sure in our com­mu­ni­ty in Joe Rin­au­do,” said Lawler. “Joe is a liv­ing his­to­ry.”

The His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety tries to bring a sense of amaze­ment that keeps audi­ences com­ing back for more, like in those ear­ly days of Hol­ly­wood.

In the Cres­cen­ta Val­ley, we’re close to Hol­ly­wood. This silent movie pre­sen­ta­tion shows us how Hol­ly­wood was born,” Lawler said. “Many of these silent movies were shot near­by. It’s fun to watch the back­grounds and try to guess where they were filmed.”

Atten­dance to the movies is free. Atten­dees should bring a chair or blan­ket to sit on. There will, of course, be pop­corn and bake sale items avail­able for a dona­tion.

Two Strike Park is locat­ed at 5107 Rose­mont Ave. in La Cres­cen­ta.

Every­one seems to like [the event]. We get them show­ing up ear­li­er for good seats and more peo­ple [attend] each time,” Link­chorst said.

The show is kid-friend­ly, the admis­sion is free, and baked goods and pop­corns will be on sale. So bring your pic­nic blan­kets and fold­ing chairs to Two Strike Park and trav­el back in time to the 1920s with Joe Rin­au­do.

The movie titles have yet to be announced.

The HSCV sur­vives on dona­tions. Any­one who would like to help can do so by donat­ing at the event or at www.cvhistory.org

Best Underrated Theaters In Los Angeles

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Scott Lasky conducts The Famous Players Orchestra as they “narrate” the Laurel and Hardy short Habeas Corpus. Joe Rinaudo hand-cranks his 1909 Powers Cameragraph. (Facebook)

by CARMAN TSE in ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 
EXCERPT FROM LAIST.COM

Los Ange­les is the birth­place of Hol­ly­wood, and it only stands to rea­son that we have more than our fair share of lux­u­ry mul­ti­plex­es and reper­to­ry hous­es play­ing all the clas­sics. But where does one turn to if Cine­fam­i­ly or the New Bev­er­ly is too far out of the way, or if you’re look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more adven­tur­ous to watch on the big screen? Here, we’ve list­ed some of the more under-the-radar the­aters in Los Ange­les that may have escaped your atten­tion. Make a night in with Net­flix a last resort with one of these the­aters that you prob­a­bly haven’t been to.

A church in Bur­bank might be the last place you’d expect to see a movie, but once in a while it hosts a must-see event for any cinephile in L.A. While pro­ject­ing silent films on 35mm from a hand-cranked pro­jec­tor, the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra pro­vides the musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment, giv­ing you the clos­est expe­ri­ence to what it was like to go out to the movies dur­ing the hey­day of the silent era. For­get see­ing movies at a ceme­tery in Hol­ly­wood — this is the most unique moviego­ing expe­ri­ence in Los Ange­les.

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra holds their events at the Christ Luther­an Church at 2400 W. Bur­bank Blvd. in Bur­bank. Check the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra site for their event sched­ule.

Carman Tse is a diehard Giants fan living in Los Angeles as well as a freelance arts and culture writer and former editor-in-chief at LAist. Follow him on Twitter at @CarmanTse.

Reprinted from laist.com

 

Highlights from our last show with orchestra

Here are high­lights from our recent “The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”, a screen­ing of clas­sic come­dies from the silent era, pre­sent­ed Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017, in Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia.

The films were accom­pa­nied by a peri­od musi­cal score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky. For the first time ever there were sound effects to go with the films, per­formed by Mr. Gary Gib­son.

Pay Day (1922) star­ring Charles Chap­lin:

A Pair of Tights (1929) star­ring Mar­i­on Byron, Ani­ta Garvin and Edgar Kennedy:

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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