Holiday Fun at Annual Crescenta Valley Party

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We had a great show at the C.V. His­tor­i­cal Society’s Christ­mas par­ty. Stand­ing room only. There were young kids there watch­ing the silent films. One lit­tle girl laughed hys­ter­i­cal­ly through­out most of the films. That made the show more worth­while for me because she prob­a­bly had nev­er been to a silent film show and that’s what it’s all about! Dean Mora did a tremen­dous job on the piano, as usu­al, and Gary Gib­son had fun with the glass lantern slide shows in between each film. All in all it’s always a great show when young peo­ple (teenagers and grade school kids alike) can come, expe­ri­ence and real­ly enjoy such a show.

Read com­ments about the show on Face­book.

Early to Bed Tent (Laurel & Hardy) Dec. 12, 2015

Early to Bed TentThe final meet­ing of the year for the Ear­ly To Bed Tent will take place on Sat­ur­day evening, Decem­ber 12th. This upcom­ing spe­cial gath­er­ing is our 13th annu­al “Silent Night” pre­sent­ing rarely seen silent short come­dies.

This was a fun, memorable event. Thanks to all who attended.

Con­tin­ue read­ing Ear­ly to Bed Tent (Lau­rel & Hardy) Dec. 12, 2015

Carla Laemmle, 104, Attends Restored Phantom Screening


Carla Laemmle, 104, attends screening of 1925 Phantom of the Opera, in which she was the prima ballerina. Film was restored by Joe Rinaudo, seen here with Ms. Laemmle.
Watch the documentary below:

Documentary: Premiere Screening of Restored Phantom of the Opera

This fas­ci­nat­ing doc­u­men­tary by Michael J. Cahill / 35mm Films takes you to the grand ball­room  at the Nether­cutt, where you wit­ness the behind-the-sce­nes thread­ing, crank­ing, and pro­ject­ing of the Restored 1925 Phan­tom of the Opera. You also see the chang­ing of glass lantern slides for reel changes and inter­mis­sion.

Carla Laemmle in audience and on screen

Carla LaemmleThis pre­miere screen­ing of the restored film was attend­ed by Ms. Car­la Laemm­le, niece of Carl Laemm­le, own­er of Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios at the time. Most fas­ci­nat­ing is that Ms. Laemm­le was not only in the audi­ence, she was in  the film, fea­tured as the pri­ma bal­leri­na.

Ms. Laemm­le, 104 years of age when this doc­u­men­tary was filmed, gave an insight­ful inter­view to Joe Rin­au­do, recall­ing spe­cial moments on the set and work­ing with Lon Chaney.

Of spe­cial note is that the film was pro­ject­ed on a Pow­ers Cam­er­a­graph, man­u­fac­tured in 1909 — the same year Car­la Laemm­le was born.

Ms. Laemm­le attend­ed the screen­ing on Octo­ber 26, 2013 of the restored Phan­tom of the Opera, the film she danced in near­ly nine­ty years pri­or.  She passed away sev­en months lat­er. Con­tin­ue read­ing Car­la Laemm­le, 104, Attends Restored Phan­tom Screen­ing

Joe Rinaudo Plays the American Fotoplayer

Joe Rin­au­do, founder of SCAT — The Silent Cin­e­ma Art & Tech­nol­o­gy Soci­ety — plays his Amer­i­can Foto­play­er in this seg­ment from Huell Howser’s Cal­i­for­nia Gold:

This machine is in Joe’s living room. Think the neighbors mind?

Con­tin­ue read­ing Joe Rin­au­do Plays the Amer­i­can Foto­play­er

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