• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

Here's a running list of upcoming screenings of silent film with live music by Jeff Rapsis.

• Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6:30 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927); at Flying Monkey Moviehouse and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; www.flyingmonkeynh.com. Rescheduled from Thursday, April 18! German director Fritz Lang's amazing epic about a futuristic society where an educated elite enjoys life in a glittering city, all supported by colonies of workers forced to live deep underground. A film that set new standards for visual design and changed movies forever! Live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. General admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, April 27, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "La Roue, Part 1" (1923) directed by Abel Gance; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Before he made the epic 'Napoleon' (1927), French director Abel Gance created this tale of a railroad engineer who adopts a young orphaned girl, then traces the paths of their lives over the decades that follow. Widely hailed for its revolutionary editing, 'La Roue' stands as a milestone in the development of cinema. The 4½-hour film will be shown in two parts over two days. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, April 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "La Roue, Part 2" (1923) directed by Abel Gance; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Before he made the epic 'Napoleon' (1927), French director Abel Gance created this tale of a railroad engineer who adopts a young orphaned girl, then traces the paths of their lives over the decades that follow. Widely hailed for its revolutionary editing, 'La Roue' stands as a milestone in the development of cinema. The 4½-hour film will be shown in two parts over two days. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2 p.m.: "The Kid" (1921); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for the silent film series 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:30 p.m.: "Sherlock Holmes" (1916) starring William Gillette; at Flying Monkey Moviehouse and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; www.flyingmonkeynh.com. Recently discovered in France after being lost for nearly a century, see this original 1916 adaptation of Sherlock Holmes stories as performed by William Gillette, the actor who created the role on stage and performed it more than 1,000 times. With the blessing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Gillette's play combines elements of four classic short stories into a memorable battle with arch-nemesis, Prof. Moriarty. Live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. General admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The iconic image of Harold Lloyd dangling from the hands of a downtown clock is just one highlight of a remarkable thrill comedy that has lost none of its power over audiences. See it for yourself on the big screen and with an audience. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, May 12, 2019, 4 p.m.: "The General" (1926) starring Buster Keaton, Marion Mack; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Buster's Civil War-era masterpiece that tells the story of a Confederate railroad engineer whose train is hijacked by Northern spies. One of the great films of any era! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Silent Comedy Short Films; the Edison Theatre at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Niles, Calif. Laugh with Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Charley Chase, and more. A grab bag of silent comedy fun! Wonderful vintage Edison theater from 1913 now fully restored; shows silent films with live music every week. Suggested admission $5 per person for members, $7 for "not yet members."

• Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7 p.m. "The Flying Fleet" (1929) starring Ramon Novarro, Anita Page; The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Way, Londonderry, N.H.; (603) 669-4820; http://www.aviationmuseumofnh.org. Tickets $20 for members; $15 for non-members. Two graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, now training as aviators, fall for the same gal off base. Mark Memorial Day weekend with this star-studded tribute made with full cooperation of the U.S. Navy, so a great chance to see what the service was like back in the day, plus some vintage stunt flying from 'The Three Seahawks,' an early aerobatic team. Fundraiser for Aviation Museum of N.H.

• Sunday, May 26, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. The iconic image of Harold Lloyd dangling from the hands of a downtown clock is only one small piece of a remarkable thrill comedy that has lost none of its power. See it for yourself on the big screen and with an audience. Plus special bonus comedy short subject! Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Speedway" (1929) starring William Haines, Ernest Torrence; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Great action picture set in the world of race car drivers starring William Haines, Hollywood's first openly gay leading man. Filmed on location at the actual Indy 500 track, showing how it looked in the 1920s. Fast-paced thriller with speeds up to 100 mph! Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Friday, May 31, 2019, 9 a.m.: Silent film program for students at Great Brook Middle School at Antrim Town Hall in Antrim, N.H. Our ninth annual presentation to some of the brightest kids in southern New Hampshire! This year it's Douglas Fairbanks in 'Zorro' (1920), mostly because the students performed a stage version of this same tale earlier this year!

• Sunday, June 2, 2019, 2 p.m.: "The Freshman" (1925) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for the silent film series 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.



• Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. The iconic image of comedian Harold Lloyd dangling from the hands of a downtown clock is only one small piece of a remarkable thrill comedy that has lost none of its power over audiences. Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, June 15, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Chicago" (1927) starring Phyllis Haver; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The original big screen adaptation of the notorious Jazz Age tabloid scandal, based on real events. Dancer Roxie Hart is accused of murder! Is she innocent or headed for the slammer? Later made into the popular Broadway musical. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6:30 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd; at Flying Monkey Moviehouse and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; www.flyingmonkeynh.com. The iconic image of comedian Harold Lloyd dangling from the hands of a downtown clock is only one small piece of a remarkable thrill comedy that has lost none of its power over audiences. See it for yourself on the big screen and with an audience. Live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. General admission $10 per person.

• Friday, June 21, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Silent Film Program"; Franklin Opera House, 316 Central St. (City Hall), Franklin, N.H. Part of Opera House annual meeting. Details to be announced!

• Sunday, June 23, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927) directed by Fritz Lang; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Director Fritz Lang's amazing epic about a futuristic society where an educated elite enjoys life in a glittering city, all supported by colonies of workers forced to live deep underground. A film that set new standards for visual design and changed movies forever! Part of our "Summer Silent Sci-Fi" series. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Last Command" (1923) starring Emil Jannings, William Powell; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Intense drama about a former high-ranking military officer in Czarist Russia now reduced to playing extra in 1920s Hollywood. Towering performance in the lead role helped Emil Jannings win 'Best Actor' at the first-ever Academy Awards. Goes beyond the usual cliches of romantic drama to explore the nature of power as well as the unreality of the nascent movie business itself. The result: a timeless mediation on life, love, and loss that transcends its era. Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Friday, June 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Title TBA; the Edison Theatre at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Niles, Calif. Annual "Chaplin Days" weekend! Wonderful vintage Edison theater from 1913 now fully restored; shows silent films with live music every week. Suggested admission $5 per person for members, $7 for "not yet members."

• Sunday, June 30, 2019, 7:30 p.m. "To Be Announced"; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. Silent film with live music, on the big screen with an audience. Part of the Aeronaut Brewery's commitment to showcase local music, art, and performance. Limited seating so reserve early; for more details on tickets, visit Aeronaut Brewing online.

• Sunday, July 7, 2019, 2 p.m.: "The Last Command" (1928) starring Emil Jannings; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for the silent film series 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.: "Silent Film Program"; Newbridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, Mass. Private function.



• Saturday, July 13, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Ponder a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Ponder a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Thursday, July 18, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; in the Stonyfield Theatre at Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Ponder a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Co-sponsored by the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. Admission $12 per person.

• Friday, July 19, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, Mass.; (781) 646-4849. In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Pondering a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Ticket price and more details to come.

• Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The General" starring Buster Keaton; Camp Betsey Cox, Pittsford, Vt. Annual "Community Thank You" event features 'The General' (1927) Buster's Civil War-era masterpiece. Follow the exploits of a Confederate railroad engineer whose train is hijacked by Northern spies, forcing him to go behind enemy lines alone to retrieve his locomotive as well as the woman he loves. Classic visual comedy with Keaton at the peak of his creative powers. Free to the community; more info as it becomes available.

• Friday & Saturday, July 26-27, 2019, Thelma Todd Celebration, in and around Lawrence, Mass. Aficianados of the favorite daughter of Lawrence, Mass. come together for a festival celebrating the many achievements of her tragically shortened life. Details to be announced.

• Sunday, July 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Running Wild" (1927) starring W.C. Fields with SPECIAL GUEST HARRIET FIELDS, his granddaughter; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Join us as we welcome Harriet Fields, granddaughter of iconic comic legend W.C. Fields, for an afternoon of movies and family memories. We'll screen one of Fields' starring silent features, plus Harriet will provide recollections and answer questions. An afternoon event not to be missed! Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019: The Western New York Movie Expo and Memorabilia Show, Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. Four-day successor to Cinefest, annual vintage film festival in Syracuse, N.Y. that ended in 2015. Titles in screening room to be announced.

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, "To Be Announced"; Vintage Dance Weekend, Knights of Columbus Hall, Nahant, Mass. Private event not open to the general public.

• Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Our Hospitality" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Classic comedy/drama about a long-running family feud starring Buster Keaton, his real-life wife Natalie Talmadge, and with roles for Buster's father and infant son. Filled with great gags and a timeless story that culminates in a dramatic river rescue where Buster almost lost his life for real! Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.



• Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Paths to Paradise" (1925) starring Raymond Griffith; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Two competing would-be jewel thieves reluctantly team up to pull off a major heist. Starring Raymond Griffith, a leading comedian for Paramount Pictures (and the only one with a New Hampshire connection!) whose popularity rivaled Chaplin and Keaton in the 1920s, but who is forgotten today because most of his films are lost. Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.



• Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Last Command" (1928) directed by Josef von Sternberg; starring Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, and William Powell. Ludlow Auditorium, Ludlow, Vt. Intense drama about a former high-ranking military officer in Czarist Russia now reduced to playing extra in 1920s Hollywood. Towering performance in the lead role helped Emil Jannings win 'Best Actor' at the first-ever Academy Awards. Goes beyond the usual cliches of romantic drama to explore the nature of power as well as the unreality of the nascent movie business itself. The result: a timeless mediation on life, love, and loss that transcends its era. Silent film with live music in the lovingly restored Ludlow Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall, 37 Depot St., Ludlow, Vt.

• Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, 2 p.m.: "The Woman Disputed" (1928) starring Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for the silent film series 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, 4 p.m.: "Music, Motion, and Emotion" a presentation about silent film accompaniment; Tanglewood Learning Institute, Lenox, Mass. Presentation about silent film and live music for new performance/educational initiative at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a.k.a. The Big Time. Here's how they describe it:
"TLI’s Film Weekend explores music as both a core element and a central subject of cinema. Friday events include a working rehearsal of John Williams’ Film Night, followed by a lunch conversation with conductor David Newman and Boston Pops Conductor Laureate and film music legend John Williams. Participants can also enjoy the talks “With & Without: Music Makes the Film,” centering on the importance of a score to a film’s success, and “Music, Motion, and Emotion: The Art of Silent-Film Accompaniment” with Jeff Rapsis."
For more information, check out www.tli.org.

• Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Spies" (1928) directed by Fritz Lang; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Director Fritz Lang's tale of espionage was the forerunner of all movie spy sagas, packed with double agents, hi-tech gadgets, beautiful (and dangerous) women, and an evil genius with a plan to take over the world, mwah-ha-ha-ha! Part of our "Summer Silent Sci-Fi" series. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.


• Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Beloved Rogue" (1926) starring John Barrymore; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Epic costume adventure based on the life of the 15th century French poet, François Villon. Wrongly banished from the Royal Court and sentenced to death, can the patriotic poet save France from an evil plot and while he's at it, win the hand of his noble beloved? Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Beloved Rogue" (1926) starring John Barrymore; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Epic costume adventure based on the life of the 15th century French poet, François Villon. Wrongly banished from the Royal Court and sentenced to death, can the patriotic poet save France from an evil plot and while he's at it, win the hand of his noble beloved? Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.



• Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, 2 p.m.: "Girl Shy" (1924) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for the silent film series 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Rediscovering Alice Howell"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. One of the great female clowns of the silent screen, she was a frizzy-haired forerunner of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. Alice Howell's films are now available again for the first time in a recently produced collection, giving us a chance to see her talents a century later. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m. "To Be Announced"; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. Silent film with live music, on the big screen with an audience. Part of the Aeronaut Brewery's commitment to showcase local music, art, and performance. Limited seating so reserve early; for more details on tickets, visit Aeronaut Brewing online.



• Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m., "The Cat and the Canary" (1927) directed by Paul Leni, starring Laura LaPlante. Draper Room at the Center at Eastman, 1 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham, N.H. Can a group of strangers survive the night in a haunted house to learn the secret of a madman's will? Find out in the original Gothic thriller from silent film director Paul Leni. Just in time for Halloween, a movie filled with deep shadows, dark secrets, and a surprisingly timeless mix of humor and horror that will keep you guessing. Remember: in silent film, no one can hear you scream! Admission free and program open to the public.

• Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, 4 p.m.: "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925) starring Lon Chaney; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Celebrate Halloween with one of the all-time classics. Long before Andrew Lloyd Webber created the hit stage musical, this silent film adaptation starring Lon Chaney helped place 'Phantom' firmly in the pantheon of both horror and romance. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) starring Conrad Veidt, directed by Paul Leni; in the Stonyfield Theatre at Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Just in time for Halloween: Silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical novel about a man cursed with a permanent carnival-freak-like grin on his face. The make-up job for actor Conrad Veidt inspired the look of Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker. Directed by Paul Leni, who pioneered the visual style used in Universal horror classics such as 1931's 'Dracula' and 'Frankenstein.' See it if you dare! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $12 per person.

• Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Faust" (1926), directed by F.W. Murnau; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Emil Jannings stars in F.W. Murnau's terrifying version of the classic tale. A visual tour de force, full of creepy characters and frightening images. Our annual 'Chiller Theatre' presentation for Halloween! Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) starring Lon Chaney; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Our annual "Chiller Theatre" Halloween silent film presentation. Lon Chaney stars in the original screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel about a deformed bellringer in medieval Paris. A moving and timeless drama filled with classic scenes and capped with a thrilling climax! Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) starring Conrad Veidt; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical novel about a man cursed with a permanent carnival-freak-like grin on his face. The make-up job for actor Conrad Veidt inspired the look of Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Three Ages" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent comedy to round out your long holiday weekend! Keaton's first feature comedy from 1923 interweaves tales of romance from the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and "Modern Times," i.e. 1920s California. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.


• Monday, Dec. 9, 2019: "To Be Announced"; The Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, Mass.; (617) 734-2501, A href="http://www.coolidge.org/">www.coolidge.org. Screening of silent film with live music, part of their ongoing "Sounds of Silence" series. More information posted when available.

• Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, 4 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927); The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. German director Fritz Lang's amazing epic about a futuristic society where an educated elite enjoys life in a glittering city, all supported by colonies of workers forced to live deep underground. A film that set new standards for visual design and changed movies forever! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921) starring Rudolph Valentino; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Rudolph Valentino stars in this epic 1921 tale of a family embroiled on both sides of World War I. Spec- tacular drama, plus The film that introduced the tango! A thought-provoking way to contemplate the end of one year, the start of another, and the passing of time. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m. "To Be Announced"; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. Silent film with live music, on the big screen with an audience. Part of the Aeronaut Brewery's commitment to showcase local music, art, and performance. Limited seating so reserve early; for more details on tickets, visit Aeronaut Brewing online.

• Friday, Feb. 28 & Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, 22nd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Annual pilgrimage to wonderful two-day celebration of silent film with live music. Check it out at www.kssilentfilmfest.org. (My 21st consecutive year of attending this festival!)