• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Manhandled" (1924) starring Gloria Swanson; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Uproarious comedy from silent screen legend Swanson tells the story of a down-on-her-luck salesgirl who climbs the social ladder by pretending to be a Russian countess. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• 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. Films I'm scheduled to accompany include 'The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg' (1927) and 'Soul of the Beast' (1923), which is the most bizarre mainstream silent film I've ever encountered. (My 21st consecutive year of attending this festival!)

• Sunday, March 1, 2020, 4 p.m.: "Pandora's Box" (1929) starring Louise Brooks; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Scorching silent drama starring the incomparable Louise Brooks in what many consider her finest role ever. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Saturday, March 7, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Way Down East" (1920), directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess; Harbor Theater, 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, Maine; (207) 633-0438; www.boothbaycinema.org. Griffith's enduring box-office smash sees Lillian Gish pitted against small town New England and one very large waterfall. Silent film with live music in "the best little movie house in Maine." Screened as part of week-long "Maine in the Movies" film festival. Admission, more details TBA.

• Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Mothers of Men" (1917); Bank of Utica Auditorium, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St., Utica, N.Y.; (315)797-0000; www.mwpai.org. Admission is $5 for MWPAI members; $10 general public. One of the few surviving suffrage films made in the years prior to the 19th Amendment in 1920. Set in future America in which women not only have the right to vote, but also hold office, 'Mothers of Men' tells the story of a female judge whose husband is sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. Part of the museum's exhibit focusing on the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the United States.

• Monday, March 9, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Cinema Ritrovato: Discovering Silent Films" presented by the University of N.H. in conjunction with Cineteca di Bologna; MUB Theatre 2 at the University of N.H., Durham, N.H. A program of silent films recently restored and on tour. Titles include: 'La Voyage dans la Lune' (1902); 'Kid Auto Races at Venice' (1914); 'The Immigrant' (1916); and 'Les Vampires, Ep. 3: The Red Cypher' (1915). Free and open to the public! For more info about the Cinema Ritrovato programs on tour in New Hampshire, visit the Web site.

• Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: "Wild Horse Mesa" (1925) starring Jack Holt, Billie Dove, Noah Beery, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; at Flying Monkey Moviehouse and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; www.flyingmonkeynh.com. General admission $10 per person. Big screen adaptation of Zane Grey novel about a bankrupt rancher who tries trapping wild horses using barbed wire, with unforeseen consequences.Enjoy silent film in a restored moviehouse with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

• Sunday, March 15, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Rin Tin Tin Double Dog Double Feature"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Legendary dog star Rin Tin Tin returns to the big screen in a rip-roaring double feature. In "Clash of the Wolves" (1925), Rinty must aid his adopted master in vanquishing a foe (filmed on location in what would later become Joshua Tree National Park), while "The Night Cry" (1926), our hero must clear his name after being accused of killing sheep. Featuring 35mm prints from the Library of Congress. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of 'Silents, Please!,' a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Saturday, March 21, 2020, Time TBA: "The Lost World" (1925); 24-Hour Ohio Science Fiction Marathon, Saturday March 21/Sunday, March 22 at the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., Columbus, Ohio. www.scifimarathon.com. First-ever movie adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary tale of British explorers who discover pre-historic creatures still thriving atop a remote South American plateau. Great entertainment; ground-breaking special effects by the same team that later created 'King Kong' mesmerized early movie audiences and remain impressive today. Heading out to the Buckeye State to accompany a silent at one of the legendary 24-hour sci-fi marathons.

• Sunday, March 22, 2020, Time TBA: Hands Up! (1926) starring Raymond Griffith; Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio; (216) 421-7450. Uproarious comedy in which a southern spy must work every angle to prevent a shipment of western gold from reaching Union forces. Silent film with live music at Cleveland's premier venue for great movies.

• Sunday, March 22, 2020, Time TBA: The Marriage Circle (1924) directed by Ernst Lubitsch; Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio; (216) 421-7450. It's the World According to Lubitsch: in Vienna, Dr. Franz Braun (Monte Blue) and his wife, Charlotte (Florence Vidor), are exceptionally happy in their marriage until Charlotte's best friend, Mitzi (Marie Prevost), starts flirting with Franz. Mitzi's suspicious husband, Professor Josef Stock (Adolphe Menjou), hires a detective to investigate her infidelities, and the inquiry soon begins to focus on Franz. Silent film with live music at Cleveland's premier venue for great movies.

• Friday, March 27, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: "Girl Shy" (1924) starring Harold Lloyd; Mascoma Valley Regional High School, 27 Royal Road, Canaan, N.H. The original rom-com, a Harold Lloyd gem starring one of the masters of silent comedy and featuring an unforgettable race-to-the-church finish. Come check out the school's brand new performing arts center! Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.

• Saturday, March 28, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Why Worry?" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; at the Blazing Star Grange Hall, North Road in Danbury, N.H. Join us for a silent film program in a historic (and authentic) small town N.H. Grange Hall. Rich hypochondriac Harold Lloyd takes a restful voyage to South America, only to become embroiled in a full-scale revolution! One of Lloyd's funniest feature comedies. Preceded by the short comedy 'Number Please' (1920).  Free and open to the public; suggested donation of $5 at the door.

• Sunday, March 29, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Ben Hur" (1925) starring Ramon Novarro; Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033; www.thecolonial.org. Tickets $10 per person, general admission. In the Holy Land, a Jewish prince is enslaved by the occupying Romans; inspired by encounters with Jesus, he lives to seek justice. One of the great religious epics of Hollywood's silent film era, including a legendary chariot race that's lost none of its power to thrill. Silent film with live music in beautiful downtown theater that originally opened as a silent movie house. More information about tickets and admission to come.

• Thursday, April 2, 2020, Time TBA: "The Phantom Flyer" (1928) starring Al Wilson; Community Center, Leeward Air Ranch, Ocala, Fla. Action/adventure yarn from Universal Pictures featuring Al Wilson, a famous stunt pilot of the era. In this airborne thriller, Wilson portrays a border patrol aviator who must use his flying skills to save girlfriend Mary (Lillian Gilmore) from cattle rustlers. See Wilson perform daring maneuvers including wing-walking, car-to-plane transfers, and much more, all done without trick photography! This action-packed feature will be preceded by PASS THE GRAVY (1928), a vintage comedy short subject starring Max Davidson.

• Saturday, April 4, 2020, 2 p.m.: "The Iron Horse" (1924) directed by John Ford; AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, American Film Institute, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md.; (301) 495-6741; https://afisilver.afi.com. A young John Ford directed this big Fox production on a big subject: the building of the Transcontinental Railroad following the Civil War. Epic story weaves together several narratives and includes parts for everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Buffalo Bill. Plus great western action sequences that set new standards for cinema! A remarkable picture from a filmmaker who would go on to win a record four Oscars for Best Director.

• Saturday, April 5, 2020, 5:15 p.m.: "Captain Blood" (1924) directed by John Ford; AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, American Film Institute, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md.; (301) 495-6741; https://afisilver.afi.com. Young Irish physician Peter Blood is exiled as a slave to Barbados, where he and his friend Jeremy are purchased by Colonel Bishop at the behest of his niece Arabella. With other slaves he captures a Spanish galleon and becomes the terror of the Caribbean privateers until offered a commission in the English Navy. Will he join? And how does Arabella fit into his plans? Classic swashbuckler!

• Thursday, April 9, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: "Ben Hur" (1925) starring Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman; at Flying Monkey Moviehouse and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; www.flyingmonkeynh.com. General admission $10 per person. In the Holy Land, a Jewish prince is enslaved by the occupying Romans; inspired by encounters with Jesus, he lives to seek justice. Just in time for Easter, one of the great religious epics of Hollywood's silent film era, including a legendary chariot race that's lost none of its power to thrill. Enjoy silent film in a restored moviehouse with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

• Sunday, April 12, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Noah's Ark" (1928) starring Dolores Costello, George O'Brien; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Big budget Hollywood Biblical epic that uses the story of Noah's Ark to probe the carnage of World War I. Part-talkie notorious for spectacular flood sequences in which extras actually drowned! Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, April 19, 2020, 1 p.m. "Seven Chances" (1925) starring Buster Keaton; Black Rocks Village Community Center, Fremont, N.H. Invitation-only screening. In this 1925 farce, Buster is about to be saved from bankruptcy by an unexpected inheritance of $7 million—but only if he gets married by 7 p.m. that very day. One of Keaton's best comedies, climaxed by one of the great chase scenes in all film, silent or otherwise.

• Saturday, April 25, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "A Woman in Grey"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. We tackle all 15 chapters of one of the few surviving serials from the silent era. Filmed in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. by the Serico Producing Co., 'The Woman in Grey' stands today as a surprisingly entertaining action melodrama designed to keep audiences coming back after each week's "cliff-hanger." We'll show 9 of the 15 chapters today, with the rest tomorrow. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donation of $10 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, April 26, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "A Woman in Grey"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. We tackle all 15 chapters of one of the few surviving serials from the silent era. Filmed in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. by the Serico Producing Co., 'The Woman in Grey' stands today as a surprisingly entertaining action melodrama designed to keep audiences coming back after each week's "cliff-hanger." We'll show the final 6 of the 15 chapters today. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donation of $10 per person encouraged.

• Saturday, May 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Title TBA; the Edison Theatre at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Niles, Calif. 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, May 3, 2020, 4 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923); The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. 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! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: "Why Worry?" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; at Flying Monkey Moviehouse and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; www.flyingmonkeynh.com. General admission $10 per person. Wealthy hypochondriac Harold gets caught up in a south-of-the-border uprising, finding romance along the way. One of Lloyd's wackiest outings; he co-stars with an actual giant. Enjoy silent film in a restored moviehouse with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

• Sunday, May 10, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Harold Lloyd Double Feature" starring Harold Lloyd at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Two rarely screened Harold Lloyd features together in 35mm prints directly from the Lloyd vault! In 'Hot Water' (1924), Harold goes sit-com in a tale about family strife 1920s-style, complete with overbearing mother-in-law, new car, and haunted house hijinks. In 'For Heaven's Sake' (1926), wealthy playboy Harold (who buys new autos based on how they match the color of his pants) falls for a young gal working for her father's church in the slums, giving rise to one of the best movie taglines ever: "A Man With a Mansion. A Miss With A Mission." Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of 'Silents, Please!,' a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Saturday, May 16, 2020, 7 p.m.: "The Mark of Zorro" (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr.; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 100th anniversary screening! Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars in the still-thrilling original adaptation. Great crowd-pleaser that had an enormous impact on popular culture, including inspiration for the "Batman" comic book series. 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, May 21, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Tell It To The Marines" (1926) starring Lon Chaney, William Haines; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. U.S. Marine Sergeant O'Hara (Lon Chaney) has his hands full training raw recruits, one of whom, 'Skeets' Burns (William Haines), is a particular thorn in his side...especially when it comes to romancing nurse Nora Dale. Great way to honor the upcoming Memorial Day weekend! 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, May 24, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "The Navigator" (1924) starring Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. A nautical-themed afternoon with silent film comic Buster Keaton. Set sail with Buster's classic comedy 'The Navigator,' which finds two wealthy socialites adrift on a giant ocean liner. Timeless visual comedy. Preceded by Keaton's short film 'The Boat' (1921). Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.



• Thursday, June 11, 2020, 8 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline, Mass.; (617) 734-2501; www.coolidge.org. Details to come! Part of the Coolidge's long-running 'Sounds of Silents' series.



• Thursday, June 18, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: "Harry Houdini Double Feature"; at Flying Monkey Moviehouse and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; www.flyingmonkeynh.com. General admission $10 per person. Rare surviving films from the great illusionist's brief movie career. In 'Terror Island' (1920) Houdini stars as a swashbuckling inventor who steers his high-tech submarine to a forbidden tropical isle to rescue the woman he loves; in 'The Man From Beyond' (1922), Houdini plays a man frozen 100 years in the Arctic who returns to civilization to reclaim his reincarnated love. Enjoy silent film in a restored moviehouse with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

• Saturday, June 20, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Girl Shy" (1924) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Celebrate spring with the original rom-com, a Harold Lloyd gem starring one of the masters of silent comedy and featuring an unforgettable race-to-the-church finish. See Harold's best work as he intended it: on the big screen, with live music, 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, June 21, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "The Thief of Bagdad" (1924) starring Douglas Fairbanks; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Eye-popping spectacle starring swashbuckling star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in top form as Arabian adventurer who must complete a series of epic tasks to save his beloved. Timeless tale told imaginatively and on a grand scale, complete with cutting edge special effects. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, June 25, 2020, 7 p.m.: "The Kid" (1921) starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. Chaplin's breakthrough feature, a story with "a smile, and perhaps a tear," blends comedy and pathos in equal measures; five-year-old Coogan delivers one of the most remarkable child performances in all of cinema. 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.

• Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m.: "Silent Film Program"; Newbridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, Mass. Private function.

• Thursday, July 9, 2020, 7 p.m.: "The General" (1927) starring Buster Keaton; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. 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! 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, July 11, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Planes and Trains and Monty Banks"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Rediscover forgotten silent comedian Monty Banks, born "Mario Bianchi" in Italy and who emigrated to America to become a popular 1920s Hollywood star. In featured attraction 'Flying Luck,' (1927), hapless aviator Monty is so inspired by Lindbergh's solo Atlantic flight that he joins the U.S. Army Air Corps, where it's one comical disaster after another. Preceded by an excerpt from 'Play Safe' (1927), a hair-raising chase sequence set aboard an out-of-control freight train barreling through the California countryside.



• Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19, 2020, or Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26, 2020: "The 5th Annual Western New York Film Expo and Memorabilia Show"; Buffalo, N.Y. Details TBA announced, but prepare for another multi-day avalanche of vintage film and collectibles in the City of Light, or the Nickel City, or the Queen City, or...well, pick your favorite nickname.

• Sunday, July 26, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "The Three Musketeers" (1921) starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr.; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Original screen adaptation that set the bar for movie versions of The Three Musketeers as well as for the swashbuckler genre itself. An action-adventure tale of a young Gascon, D'Artagnan, whose dream is to join the King's Musketeers, and travels to Paris to do so. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.



• Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Peter Pan" (1924) starring Betty Bronson, Mary Brian; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. The original silent film adaptation of J.M. Barrie's immortal tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. Join the Darling children as they follow Peter to Never Never Land to do battle with the evil Captain Hook. A film that has lost none of its power over children of all ages. 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. 8, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Wild Orchids" (1929) starring Greta Garbo, Nils Asthur; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Steamy romantic thriller just in time for the humid doldrums of summer. An older man takes his young wife to Java where he plans to invest in tea plantations. Aboard ship, a young man (and member of the island's royal family) is immediately taken by the beauty of this mysterious woman and resolves to make her acquaintance. 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, Aug. 15, 2020, 7 p.m.: "The Freshman" (1925) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Ludlow Auditorium, 37 Depot St., Ludlow, Vt. We welcome football season with Harold Lloyd's blockbuster hit about a college boy who dreams of success on the gridiron. One of Lloyd's all-time best! Silent film with live music in the lovingly restored Ludlow Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall in Ludlow, Vt.

• Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, 4 p.m.: "Sherlock Jr." (1924) and "The Cameraman" (1928) starring Buster Keaton; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. In 'Sherlock Jr.' (1924), amateur detective Buster tried to bust open the mystery of who stole a watch, but instead dreams himself into the crime drama at a local theatre; in 'The Cameraman' (1928), Keaton tries to impress the gal of his dreams by working as a newsreel photographer. Can he get a break, and also get the girl? Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "The Mark of Zorro" (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 100th anniversary of the break-through adventure film where Fairbanks discovered his talent for playing swashbuckling heros of yore. Still pleasing crowds a century after it first hit theaters! Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $510 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Don Q, Son of Zorro" (1925) starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Action/adventure sequel to mega-hit 'Zorro' with Fairbanks playing both son and father, and having a ball in both roles. Builds on the original film to create a hugely entertaining swashbuckler that shows how far Hollywood had come in just five years. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Hot Water" (1924) starring Harold Lloyd; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. A rarely screened Harold Lloyd comedy feature that focuses on the life of an ordinary all-American family that slowly builds from family sit-com into wild slapstick farce. 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. 19, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Tramp Tramp Tramp" (1926) starring Harry Langdon, Joan Crawford; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Rediscover forgotten comedian Harry Langdon in his first-ever feature film. Riotous comedy about a cross-country foot race. Co-stars Joan Crawford (unbelievably) as Harry's love interest. 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. 27, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Sherlock Jr." (1924) and "The Cameraman" (1928) starring Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. In 'Sherlock Jr.' (1924), amateur detective Buster tried to bust open the mystery of who stole a watch, but instead dreams himself into the crime drama at a local theatre; in 'The Cameraman' (1928), Keaton tries to impress the gal of his dreams by working as a newsreel photographer. Can he get a break, and also get the girl? Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.



• Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, 4 p.m.: "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1920) starring Conrad Veidt, directed by Robert Weine; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. A century after its release, the German expressionist film widely regarded as the world's first horror movie still has capacity to creep out audiences. See for yourself — if you dare! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, 8 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline, Mass.; (617) 734-2501; www.coolidge.org. Details to come! Part of the Coolidge's long-running 'Sounds of Silents' series.

• Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, 7 p.m.: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) starring Lon Chaney; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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 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, Oct. 18, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1921) directed by F. W. Murnau; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Celebrate Halloween by experiencing the original silent film adaptation of Bram Stoker's famous 'Dracula' story. Still scary after all these years—in fact, some critics believe this version is not only the best ever done, but has actually become creepier with the passage of time. See for yourself, if you dare.Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.



• Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (1920) starring John Barrymore; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. Our annual 'Chiller Theatre' Halloween silent film program, this year on the exact date! John Barrymore plays both title roles in the original silent film adaptation of the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. A performance that helped establish Barrymore as one of the silent era's top stars. 100th anniversary screening! 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, Nov. 1, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1920) starring John Barrymore; Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033; www.thecolonial.org. Tickets $10 per person, general admission. John Barrymore plays both title roles in the original silent film adaptation of the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. A performance that helped establish Barrymore as one of the silent era's top stars. 100th anniversary screening! Silent film with live music in beautiful downtown theater that originally opened as a silent movie house.

• Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Title TBA; the Edison Theatre at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Niles, Calif. 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, Nov. 15, 2020, Time, Title TBA: Railroad-themed silent film program for New Hampshire museums.

• Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Varieté" (1925) starring Emil Jannings; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Rediscovered masterpiece of German cinema, a visually dazzling tale of love and betrayal among carnival people. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, 4 p.m.: "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928) starring Maria Falconetti; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Landmark drama that chronicles the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Beggars of Life" (1928) starring Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Wallace Beery; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Classic late silent drama starring Louise Brooks as a train-hopping hobo who dresses like a boy to survive. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.