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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Call Wed. Jan 11 for Nethercutt Tickets


For tick­ets to the Feb­ru­ary Nether­cutt Show you must

4 – 6 PM*
818 – 364-6464

*The best chance of obtain­ing tick­ets is to call start­ing at 4pm. You will prob­a­bly get a busy sig­nal. Just keep call­ing, then fol­low prompts. This is for the fol­low­ing event only:

Nether­cutt Valen­ti­nes Silent Come­dies Show
Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 10, 2017 at 8 PM
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 11, 2017 at 2 PM & 8PM
Nether­cutt Muse­um
Syl­mar, Cal­i­for­nia


Admis­sion is free, but tick­ets must be obtained in advance, only on Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 11, 2017.
Address and oth­er infor­ma­tion is also at the link above.

For more enter­tain­ment and enlight­en­ment, join us in March, June and Novem­ber for


Edwardian Evening of Entertainment


Vis­it Mr. Wilkes’ web­site here.

Early to Bed Tent (Laurel & Hardy) Dec. 10, 2016 — Farewell Show


Sad­ly, this will be the final meet­ing of the Ear­ly To Bed Tent as the orga­niz­ers John and Janet Duff are plan­ning on mov­ing from the area. So let’s send them off with a BANG (and lots of oth­er sound effects)!

Early to Bed TentThe final meet­ing of the year, and FOREVER, for the Ear­ly To Bed Tent (Oasis #239) will take place on Sat­ur­day evening, Decem­ber 10th.

This spe­cial gath­er­ing is our 14th and last annu­al “Silent Night” pre­sent­ing rarely seen silent short come­dies.  For obvi­ous rea­sons Lau­rel & Hardy will dom­i­nate the evening’s film pro­gram but there will be oth­er silent come­di­ans rep­re­sent­ed as well.

The show will take place at the Ear­ly To Bed tent of the Lau­rel & Hardy fan club “Sons Of The Desert”  in Tem­ple City, Cal­i­for­nia.

Joe Rin­au­do will be pro­ject­ing the­se mem­o­rable films on his clas­sic hand-crank 1909 Pow­ers Mod­el 6 Cam­er­a­graph.

The great Dean Mora will be pro­vid­ing musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment to the silent movies.

West­min­ster Pres­by­te­ri­an Church
9642 East Live Oak Avenue
Tem­ple City, Cal­i­for­nia

Doors open at 5:15 PM for social­iz­ing
Show begins at 6:00 PM, ends around 10:00 PM
There will be snacks and drinks avail­able for pur­chase.

$6 Adults
$3 Chil­dren
$4.50 Senior Cit­i­zen

Direc­tions and more about this event.

For more infor­ma­tion about the
Sons of the Desert
Ear­ly to Bed Tent
Oasis #239:

Call Wed. Sept. 21 for Nethercutt Tickets


Don’t for­get to call
WED., SEPT. 21, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. 
for the
Nether­cutt Hal­loween Show
Fri­day, Octo­ber 21, 2016 at 8 PM
Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 22, 2016 at 2 PM & 8PM
Nether­cutt Muse­um
Syl­mar, Cal­i­for­nia


Admis­sion is free, but tick­ets must be obtained in advance, only on Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 21.
Address and oth­er infor­ma­tion is also at the link above.

Fotoplayer (and Joe) Applauded at Preservation Event

Style 40 FotoplayerIllustration of the Style 40 Fotoplayer. The Academy’s installation is the Style 41, built in 1917.

Fol­low­ing the enthu­si­as­tic respon­se at the Fotoplayer’s inau­gu­ral pro­gram at the Acad­e­my of Motion Pic­tures Lin­wood Dunn The­ater, Joe Rin­au­do was asked by Jon Erland of the Academy’s Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy Coun­cil to speak at the year­ly Los Ange­les gath­er­ing of The Reel Thing, a group that address­es cur­rent think­ing and most advanced prac­ti­cal exam­ples of pro­gress in the field of preser­va­tion, restora­tion and media con­ser­va­tion. 

On August 20, 2016, Mr. Rin­au­do gave the group the “fifty-cent tour” of the restora­tion process need­ed to restore the Academy’s 1917 Amer­i­can Foto­play­er. 

After­ward, the Foto­play­er was demon­strat­ed by Joe, show­ing off all its bells and whistles (lit­er­al­ly), and then sev­er­al musi­cal selec­tions were played as the group was exit­ing.  Play­ing the machine with his back to the audi­ence, Mr. Rin­au­do was sur­prised when he turned around to find that nobody had left — they all stayed to watch him per­form and applaud­ed enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly.

The Reel Thing demonstrationWatch The Reel Thing demonstration video, filmed and posted on Joe Rinaudo’s Facebook page by Stan Taffel.

Mr. Erland has dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­i­ty of Joe return­ing at next year’s meet­ing for a more exten­sive dis­cus­sion of the labo­ri­ous effort to restore the Foto­play­er to its bet­ter-than-orig­i­nal con­di­tion.

Learn about The Reel Thing here and Joe Rinaudo’s expla­na­tion of the Foto­play­er here.

Bev­er­ly Gray has writ­ten an enlight­en­ing piece about the Academy’s Pick­ford Cen­ter for Motion Pic­ture Study. You’re sure to enjoy the arti­cle by “a show biz sur­vivor who believes movies can change lives.”

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