Aug 11: Academy Public Performance


Constance Talmadge, Intolerance, 1916

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
presents the unveiling of its newly restored

1915 Fotoplayer

accompanying  two preserved 35mm nitrates starring



Thurs­day, August 11, 2016
7:30 p.m.


Lin­wood Dunn The­ater
Pick­ford Cen­ter, 1313 Vine Street
Hol­ly­wood, CA 90028


$5 Reg­u­lar, $3 Acad­e­my Member/Student


For park­ing infor­ma­tion and the­ater poli­cies, click here.


adapted from the Academy’s website:

The Academy’s new­ly restored Amer­i­can Foto­play­er Style 41, built in 1915, is unveiled for its inau­gur­al pub­lic per­for­mance by Joe Rin­au­do, who restored the “auto­mat­ed orches­tra” over the course of three years. For more infor­ma­tion about the Foto­play­er, click here.

Con­stance Tal­madge, one of the silent era’s most pop­u­lar stars, and the sis­ter of fel­low actress Nor­ma Tal­madge, was known for her roles in roman­tic come­dies, usu­al­ly play­ing a will­ful young woman hav­ing a mis­un­der­stand­ing with the man in her life.

The Per­fect Woman and Good Night, Paul were both pre­served from 35mm nitrate prints in the Academy’s Lob­ster Films and Black­hawk Films/Film Preser­va­tion Asso­ciates col­lec­tions. Both prints were orig­i­nal­ly Con­tin­ue read­ing Aug 11: Acad­e­my Pub­lic Per­for­mance

July 30: Movies in the Park

Movies in the ParkEnjoy a “mov­ing pic­ture show” from the days of silent cin­e­ma, on the grass at Two-Strike Park in La Cres­cen­ta, Sat­ur­day, July 30.

Take your fam­i­ly or treat your date to “din­ner and a show” for an evening of silent cin­e­ma come­dies with live piano accom­pa­ni­ment. Bring a blan­ket and a pic­nic bas­ket.



Sat­ur­day, July 30, 2016
Show starts at dusk (approx. 8pm)


Two-Strike Park (map)
5107 Rose­mont Avenue
La Cres­cen­ta, CA 91214
(818) 249‑5940



Lau­rel & Hardy
Fat­ty Arbuck­le

Charley Chase
Lar­ry Semon
and more

Live Accom­pa­ni­ment
fea­tur­ing Cliff Retal­lick at the piano

1909 Pow­ers 35mm Mov­ing Pic­ture Machine
hand-cranked by Joe Rin­au­do

Orig­i­nal Glass Lantern Slides
pro­ject­ed by Gary Gib­son


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Stylized Laurel & Hardy Poster

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99 Laurel & Hardy

This poster, hon­or­ing the great­est com­e­dy duo of all time, was cre­at­ed by design­er and typog­ra­ph­er Chaz DeS­i­mone, who also cre­ates the titles for Joe Rinaudo’s film restora­tions. (He also designed the Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety logo and web­site.) Chaz takes great plea­sure and hon­or in design­ing for Joe, his best friend of over 50 years. He made sure this poster was extra-spe­cial, to the extent of con­sult­ing Joe about the exact hats Stan and Ollie wore.

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Download your free Laurel & Hardy poster here

The 11x17-inch high-res­o­lu­tion pdf is of gallery print qual­i­ty and suit­able for fram­ing. Vis­it this page and click on the large poster image to down­load the hi-rez pdf.

Lau­rel & Hardy” is the lat­est in Chaz DeSimone’s month­ly series called Amper­Art. Each piece fea­tures “the amper­sand as fun & fab­u­lous art.”

If you are a writer, edi­tor, design­er, pub­lish­er, artist — or if you just like the quirky design of the amper­sand, of which there are lots & lots of vari­a­tions — you will sure­ly enjoy Be sure to sub­scribe for your free month­ly amper­sand poster, suit­able for fram­ing.

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Evening of Classic Silent Comedies
June 4, 2016

Our last show was a tremendous success. Read about it hereDon’t miss this one!

L&H scott show

Presents an Evening of

Classic Comedies

Hand-Cranked Clas­sic Silent Film Come­dies
With Live Musi­cal Accom­pa­ni­ment

Sat­ur­day, June 4, 2016
7:00 pm


PROGRAM INCLUDESJune_04 film strip

and Sur­pris­es!

Hand-cranked 35 mil­lime­ter film pro­ject­ed by Joe Rin­au­do on an orig­i­nal Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­graph Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine.
Live musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment fea­tur­ing Scott Lasky on piano.

Sat­ur­day, June 4, 2016
Doors open at 6:15 pm
Show starts at 7:00 pm

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, or you may buy them in advance secure­ly online here:button_buy_tickets1

This time we will be hold­ing our event upstairs in the more spa­cious church audi­to­ri­um. Show will run approx. 125 min­utes inclu­sive of a short inter­mis­sion. Con­ces­sions for sale.


Famous Players Orchestra performs and records the original historic cinematic music used by movie theater orchestras during the silent film era.
All proceeds to benefit Famous Players Orchestra, a 501©3 non profit organization. Please visit our website at:

Thank you for your sup­port. Enjoy the show!

Fresh Young Audience Loves Funny Old Films

The Dancing PigOur event was something like this (with Dean Mora, not Mildred Smith, at the piano).

It was just amaz­ing!
We had nev­er had an audi­ence like that before.”

On a recent Sat­ur­day evening, Scott Lasky, founder of Famous Play­ers Orches­tra, host­ed an itin­er­ant show billed as

Hand-Cranked 35mm Film on

Orig­i­nal Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­graph Mod­el 6 
Motion Pic­ture Machine
with Live Musi­cal Accom­pa­ni­ment

The March 5, 2016 event was held at the Christ Luther­an Church in Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia. Admis­sion was $10 for a 2-hour show with inter­mis­sion (pro­gram list­ed below).

I, Joe Rin­au­do, cranked the pro­jec­tor and Dean Mora played the piano. Gary Gib­son changed the glass slides dur­ing inter­mis­sion. And the audi­ence blew us all away!

Same old show, brand new audience

I’ve done over some 200 shows and, for the first time, hav­ing adver­tised on Face­book thanks to Scott Lasky, we got a young, effer­ves­cent, 30-some­thing crowd in there. From the very begin­ning there was an elec­tric­i­ty in the air. They were laugh­ing and talk­ing and buy­ing hot dogs and pop­corn and look­ing around and talk­ing to every­body and inspect­ing the pro­jec­tor. It wasn’t the same audi­ence that we usu­al­ly get, which is most­ly elder­ly and rather qui­et. (They don’t laugh or talk very much, as they are famil­iar with this for­mat as well as the films.) This was a young, new crowd and a new expe­ri­ence for them — and they even induced the “reg­u­lars” to laugh and enjoy the show even more.


When we start­ed the first film, The Danc­ing Pig (fea­tur­ing the ever-pop­u­lar but always slight­ly dis­turb­ing danc­ing pig), brought forth gales of laugh­ter and howl­ing and cheer­ing — and shock — from the audi­ence. The response just kept grow­ing and grow­ing, and by the time we got to The Gro­cery Clerk, which is one of Lar­ry Semon’s mas­ter­pieces, it brought the house down. We had peo­ple laugh­ing hys­ter­i­cal­ly. They were boo­ing the vil­lain, cheer­ing the hero­ine, and shout­ing and laugh­ing.

The audience saw a “moving picture” for the first time

It struck me that this is what the reac­tion would have been like for a 1920 audi­ence see­ing this film for the first time. Many of these peo­ple not only had nev­er seen a silent film before, but they have nev­er seen a show like this with live musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment and a hand-cranked pro­jec­tor doing the whole show for them. So it was a total over­load, I think, of their sens­es. It absolute­ly floored me because their reac­tion was so pos­i­tive and so upbeat. They were catch­ing every lit­tle nuance in the film and every lit­tle gag was get­ting laughed at. It was just amaz­ing. We had nev­er had an audi­ence like that before.

Not only was the film enter­tain­ing, many peo­ple want­ed pic­tures of the pro­jec­tor and with me and with Dean and Gary. We were pos­ing in peri­od cos­tume with the pro­jec­tor and they were film­ing it with their cam­era phones and such.

Don’t miss the next show!
to the Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety News­reel.

It was a very inter­est­ing evening and every­thing went all very well. It end­ed on a big bang with Buster Keaton in Cops and we got a huge cheer and an ova­tion at the end. It was just a won­der­ful time.


I had a moment of clar­i­ty at that show, a life-chang­ing moment, where sud­den­ly I saw the rea­son for doing what I’m doing:

I’m bring­ing some­thing to these peo­ple that they had nev­er seen before and that tru­ly enter­tained them — as if it was an audi­ence that was see­ing “mov­ing pic­tures” for the first time. Because it actu­al­ly was! It wasn’t a mod­ern film in col­or and in dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy in 3D; it was a flat screen black and white image from a hun­dred years ago.

The audi­ence was also amazed that we were doing all the work by hand — I’m crank­ing the pro­jec­tor, Gary’s chang­ing the slides and Dean is play­ing the piano. They lis­tened atten­tive­ly as I explained the role of the itin­er­ant pro­jec­tion­ist trav­el­ing from town to town, set­ting up a show in a hall or church base­ment, and draw­ing audi­ences through advance telegraphed announce­ments.

This show renewed my faith in human­i­ty. The won­der­ful young audi­ence is hun­gry for this type of enter­tain­ment.

I real­ized in this one show that what I’m doing is right, that it does make a dif­fer­ence.

Facebook: the new telegraph

Adver­tis­ing on Face­book was a whole new dynam­ic for us. It spread the word and drew the audi­ence, a fresh and curi­ous audi­ence who real­ly didn’t know what to expect, much the same as the tele­graph and hand­bills would have spread the word 100 years ago.

Through our new “tele­graph” called social media, and your help in spread­ing the word, we’ll intro­duce this 100-year-old form of enter­tain­ment to a young, new gen­er­a­tion of audi­ences who are atten­tive, curi­ous and amazed. After all, you can’t hand-crank an iPhone.

The Dancing Pig” (1907) Pathe
“The Acrobatic Fly” (1910) Comet Films
“It’s a Gift” (1923) Starring Snub Pollard
“The Rink” (1916) Starring Charlie Chaplin
“The Grocery Clerk” (1920) Starring Larry Semon
“Cops” (1922) Starring Buster Keaton

Don’t miss the next show!
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