This show was a tremendous success…
proving our passion and efforts to preserve Silent Cinema are fully worthwhile. The audience of no less than 100 were primarily 30- and 40-year-old “kids” who laughed and applauded as if seeing a moving picture for the first time. Many of them were, in fact…as black-and-white and silent, except for Dean Mora’s live piano score.
FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA
Presents an Evening of
Hand-Cranked Classic Silent Film Comedies
With Live Musical Accompaniment
Saturday March 5th, 2016
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35 millimeter film projected by Joe Rinaudo on an original hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cameragraph Model 6 Motion Picture Machine.
Live musical accompaniment featuring Dean Mora on piano.
“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
Saturday, March 5th, 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)
Show will run approx. 125 minutes with a short intermission. Concessions for sale.
All proceeds to benefit Famous Players Orchestra, a 501©3 non profit organization, whose mission is dedicated to performing and recording the historic film music used by movie theater orchestras during the silent era. Please visit our website at:
Thank you for your support. Enjoy the show!
The All-Star Comedy Festival at the Nethercutt, February 26 and 27, has been cancelled due to elevator maintenance. Please subscribe to the Silent Cinema Society “Newsreel” for reschedule dates. Subscribe here.
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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.
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The 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 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
This 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