Evening of Classic Silent Comedies
Mar. 5, 2016

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.

It's A Gift Main Title


Presents an Evening of

Classic Comedies

Hand-Cranked Clas­sic Silent Film Come­dies
With Live Musi­cal Accom­pa­ni­ment

Sat­ur­day March 5th, 2016
7:00 pm


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.

Pro­gram Includes:
“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!

Holiday Fun at Annual Crescenta Valley Party

Cres­cen­ta-Val­ley-Week­ly-12 – 17-2015 – 3

See full-size new­pa­per arti­cle here.

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

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