The Weinberg Center for the Arts will be bringing back another vintage film series for silent film lovers during the venue’s 2016-17 performing arts season.
Back to the Tivoli: The Weinberg Center’s “Silent Film Series”
For fans of silent film in the Frederick area and beyond, the historic cinema house (formerly known as the Tivoli Theater) will be showcasing a series of vintage Hollywood silent films from the 1920s.
All silent films in the series will be accompanied by organist Michael Britt, who will play on the theater’s “mighty” 1926 Wurlitzer organ.
From horror to slapstick comedy and drama, there’s something for everyone during the Weinberg Center’s silent film showcase!
Special Halloween Day/Evening Screening: Mon., Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.: “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” (1920), directed by John S. Robinson, featuring John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield and Brandon Hurst. A Halloween costume contest will be held before the 7 p.m. showing!
Sat., Nov. 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.: “Our Hospitality” (1923), directed by Buster Keaton and John G. Blystone, featuring Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge and Joe Keaton. This was one of the earliest groundbreaking comedies featuring the “great stone face.”
Special “Tivoli” 90th Anniversary Showing: Fri., Dec. 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.: “The Strong Man” (1926), directed by Frank Capra, featuring Harry Langdon, Gertrude Astor and Priscilla Bonner. To mark the 90th anniversary of the Tivoli/Weinberg Center for the Arts, this was the first film shown at the Tivoli, which was originally owned by the Stanley Corporation of America.
SIDEBAR: The Stanley theater chain had a stake in First National Pictures, the studio that released “The Strong Man.” The chain was acquired by Warner Bros. Pictures (along with First National and its Burbank studio complex, in 1928, due to the chain’s installation of Warners’ “Vitaphone” sound-on-disc motion picture projection equipment in their theaters during the “rise of sound”). Warners would own the Tivoli (and sister cinema venues Frederick and The City Opera House) until the 1948 anti-trust consent decree, where the major studios were forbidden to own movie theaters.
Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: “The Iron Mask” (1929), directed by Allan Dwan, featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte and Dorothy Revier. This film marked Fairbanks’ final silent film appearance, as the film industry had transitioned from silent to sound motion pictures.
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: “It” (1927), directed by Clarence G. Badger and Josef von Sternberg, featuring Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno and William Austen. Bow earned was dubbed by publicists as “the ‘it’ girl” due to the smash success of this romantic comedy. In addition to “It,” she was cast in another landmark Paramount feature, William Wellman’s “Wings” (alongside Gary Cooper and Charles “Buddy” Rogers, which was the first Academy Award-winning film).
Final Film in the series: Sat., Mar. 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: “The Freshman” (1925), directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, featuring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, and Brooks Benedict. Lloyd’s hit 1925 slapstick film served as an inspiration for future college-based film comedies (including the 1932 Marx Brothers farce “Horse Feathers” and Hal Roach’s 1940 farce “A Chump At Oxford,” featuring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy).
Why you should see one of the many fine features in the Weinberg Center’s “Silent Movie Series:”
A perfect introduction to the world of silent film (for those who have never seen silent movies) with Michael Britt playing on the coveted 1926 Wurlitzer organ (according to a Weinberg press release on the organ, the theater’s Wurlitzer is the only organ in Maryland that is still in its original installation).
This is also perfect for fans of Turner Classic Movies’ “Silent Sunday Night” (and for the slapstick silents- fellow alums of TCM/Ball State “Ouch! A Salute to Slapstick” course festival)- you won’t want to miss it!
20 W. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Begins Mon., Oct. 21, 2016 and concludes on Sat., Mar. 25, 2017
Prices: $7 for adults, $5 for children, senior citizens, students, employees of the City of Frederick and current/retired members of the military
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