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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Guns n’ Roses n’ Rinaudo on the Fotoplayer

When Joe Rin­au­do restored his Mod­el 20 Foto­play­er over three decades ago, he nev­er intend­ed to play clas­sic rock & roll on it. But the peo­ple of YouTube made sure he did. Here is one of the clev­erist, per­fect­ly timed dubs you’ll ever see and hear and LOL to. (Don’t be fooled — this is not the Huell Howser seg­ment you saw on TV.)

89-Guns-&-RosesHere’s a poster series for any­one who is in tune with amper­sands, brand names with amper­sands, or Guns & Ros­es with an amper­sand instead of their offi­cial n’ (which should real­ly be ‘n’). Amper­Art is cre­at­ed by Chaz DeS­i­mone, who also restores title cards for Joe’s silent films.

If you prefer a poster with Lau­rel & Hardy, click here.

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, 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

Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Han­ford Fox The­atre
326 N. Irwin Street
Han­ford, CA 93230

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.

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!

Fri­day, Octo­ber 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Nether­cutt Col­lec­tion
15200 Bled­soe Street
Syl­mar, CA 91342

Admis­sion is free, but you must obtain tick­ets in advance.
How to Request Nether­cutt Show Tick­ets

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:



The Phan­tom of the Opera”
Restora­tion Cred­its:
see below

Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 29, 2016
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.)

Admis­sion is $10.00 (sug­gest­ed dona­tion)

Tick­ets will go on sale at the door approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time.

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra


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

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

Film and title restora­tion
pro­duced and super­vised by:
Mr. Joe Rin­au­do

Habeas Cor­pus” film cour­tesy of the Black­hawk film library.


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