• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8 p.m. "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928) starring Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence; The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, 511 Kearsarge Mountain Road, Warner, N.H. Silent film program on the campus of Magdalen College. Pampered Buster returns home from college to help his father, a tough riverboat captain, battle to save the business; falling for the archrival's daughter doesn't make things easier. Climaxed by an eye-popping cyclone sequence. Plus companion feature 'Sherlock Jr.' (1924) starring Keaton as a movie projectionist and would-be detective who dreams himself into an on-screen whodunnit. Admission is free for Magdalen students and any others with college ID; general public admission is $5 per person.

• Sunday, April 27, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "Destiny"(1921): Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Years before his classic 'Metropolis,' German director Fritz Lang brought this ground-breaking expressionist fantasy to the big screen. A strange tale in which human lives are each represented by a candle, and a figure representing 'Death' grants a woman three chances to rescue her lover from a premature demise. Part of a monthly silent film series with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Moby Dick" (1956) starring Gregory Peck; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Not a silent film, but hosting a screening of 1956 film adaptation of Herman Melville's novel. Directed by John Huston with a screenplay by Huston and Ray Bradbury. Look out, Robert Osborn! Classic films on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6 p.m.: "Her Night of Romance" (1924) starring Constance Talmadge and Ronald Colman; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Romantic comedy with Talmadge playing the daughter of an American millionaire and Colman as an impoverished British aristocrat. Do we need to to draw a road map? Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.: "Intolerance" (1916); The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. D.W. Griffith's early blockbuster about man's inhumanity to man weaves together four stories spanning four eras of civilization. Filmed an a vast scale, setting a new standard for Hollywood extravagance. A movie made for the big screen, and here's your chance to see it! Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, May 17, 2014, 7 p.m.: "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1926), starring Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Epic Western about the settling and irrigation of California's Imperial Valley, once a wasteland but now an agricultural paradise. Shot on location by director Henry King in Nevada's Black Rock desert, one of the first films to take audiences to the wide open spaces of the great American West. With a young Gary Cooper playing a key role. Join us for series 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 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "The Big Parade" (1925): Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. We mark Memorial Day with MGM's landmark film, a sweeping drama about U.S. doughboys facing down death in the World War I trenches. Starring John Gilbert and directed by King Vidor, an epic that set the standard for generations of war movies to come. Part of a monthly silent film series with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 6 p.m.: "Cabiria" (1914) directed by Giovanni Pastrone; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Pioneering epic made in Italy just before World War I engulfed Europe. Set in ancient Sicily, Carthage, and Cirta during the period of the Second Punic War (218–202 BC), the film follows a melodramatic main plot about an abducted little girl, Cabiria, and features an eruption of Mt. Etna, heinous religious rituals in Carthage, the alpine trek of Hannibal, Archimedes' defeat of the Roman fleet at the Siege of Syracuse and Scipio maneuvering in North Africa—and a partridge in a pear tree. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, June 5, 2014, 8 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927); Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Futuristic fantasy by German director Fritz Lang is full of eye-popping visuals about the world of tomorrow as envisioned by the past. Contains long-lost footage rediscovered in Argentina in 2008! Seen in its entirety and with live music, 'Metropolis' stands as an stunning example of the power of silent film to tell a compelling story without words, and reach across the generations to touch movie-goers from the real future that came to pass: us! See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2 p.m.: "The Navigator" (1924) starring Buster Keaton ; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Set sail with Buster Keaton's classic comedy 'The Navigator,' which finds two wealthy socialites adrift on a giant ocean liner. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful moviehouse that's committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting projection work of the legendary David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927); The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. 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! Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Friday, June 13, 2014, 7 p.m.: "The Iron Horse" (1924); Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. A young John Ford directed this big movie on a big subject: the building of the Transcontinental Railroad following the Civil War. Epic film 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! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, June 14, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Silent Comedy with Harold Lloyd"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. See why Harold Lloyd was the most popular performer of the silent film era. Instead of getting ahead, his everyone man character (a nice young man with horn-rimmed glasses) had a knack for getting into spectacular trouble, often requiring him to overcome amazing odds to win the day. Audiences continue to thrill at Harold's adventures when presented they way they were intended to be shown: on the big screen and with an audience. Join us for series 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 15, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "Rin Tin Tin Double Feature": Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Two rare feature films starring Rin Tin Tin, the most popular animal star of the silent era. 'Where the North Begins' (1923), Rinty's first starring vehicle, finds Rinty raised by a pack of wolves, befriending a fur trapper, and accused of killing a baby before all is made right. 'The Night Cry' (1926), a giant condor is killing sheep and Rinty is unjustly accused. Part of a summer series of silent films with animal stars (and live music) at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, June 19, 2014, 8 p.m.: "Silent Comedy with Harold Lloyd"; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. See why Harold Lloyd was the most popular performer of the silent film era. Instead of getting ahead, his everyone man character (a nice young man with horn-rimmed glasses) had a knack for getting into spectacular trouble, often requiring him to overcome amazing odds to win the day. Audiences continue to thrill at Harold's adventures when presented they way they were intended to be shown: on the big screen and with an audience. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, June 29, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "Rex the Wonder Horse Double Feature": Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Two action-packed equine adventures starring Rex the Wonder Horse. In 'Wild Beauty' (1926), Rex plays an untamed horse used by the villains (humans, of course) to foil a high-stakes derby, with unexpected results. In 'The Devil Horse' (1926), Rex aids pioneers on the Great Plains in battling a fierce tribe of Native Americans. Plus a rare short film, 'Fangs of Vengeance' (1926) starring obscure silent canine star "Fearless the Police Dog." Part of a summer series of silent films with animal stars (and live music) at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, July 3, 2014, 8 p.m.: "The Lost World" (1925); Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Long before 'Jurassic Park,' Hollywood discovered the power of dinosaurs on-screen in this ground-breaking adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's bizarre tale of prehistoric creatures found living in remote South America. See it on the big screen, as intended! See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, July 6, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "Lions and Dinosaurs Double Feature": Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Two classic animal-centric features from the silent era, both inspired by British literature. 'Tarzan and the Golden Lion' (1927), an early screen adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, finds Tarzan adopting an orphaned lion cub, with unexpected results. And Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Lost World' (1925), about an expedition to a plateau still inhabited pre-historic creatures, paved the way for all dinosaur pictures to come. Part of a summer series of silent films with animal stars (and live music) at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 6 p.m.: "The Scarlet Letter" (1926) starring Lillian Gish; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Splashy MGM adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale of old New England, with Lillian Gish in the leading role as Hester Prynne. After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover. Ah, the good old days! Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Saturday, July 12, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Silent Comedy with Buster Keaton"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. He never smiled on camera, earning him the nickname of "the Great Stone Face." But Buster Keaton's comedies rocked Hollywood's silent era with laughter throughout the 1920s. Acclaimed for their originality and clever visual gags, Keaton's movies remain popular crowd-pleasers today. See for yourself with a selection of Keaton's best short and feature-length films! Join us for series 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, July 13, 2014, 2 p.m.: "Orphans of the Storm" (1922) starring Lillian and Dorothy Gish; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Pay tribute to Bastille Day with D.W. Griffith's silent blockbuster set during the French Revolution. The story: Country girl Lillian Gish accompanies her blind sister Dorothy to Paris for an operation to restore her sight. Separated and then swept up in events beyond their control, they each must fight to survive amidst chaos that threatens to destroy the nation. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful moviehouse that's committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting projection work of the legendary David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8 p.m.: "Silent Comedy with Buster Keaton"; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. He never smiled on camera, earning him the nickname of "the Great Stone Face." But Buster Keaton's comedies rocked Hollywood's silent era with laughter throughout the 1920s. Acclaimed for their originality and clever visual gags, Keaton's movies remain popular crowd-pleasers today. See for yourself with a selection of Keaton's best short and feature-length films! See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, July 20, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "Thunder and Strongheart: Two Neglected Dog Stars": Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Explore the action-packed work of two popular canine stars from Hollywood's silent era. 'Phantom of the Forest' (1926) finds Thunder the Dog in California's wild Redwood country, where he thwarts a crook planning to steal oil-rich land from its owner and saves a baby from a forest fire. In 'The Return of Boston Blackie' (1927), Strongheart the German Shepherd plays sidekick to the notorious jewel thief, freshly out of prison and trying to turn over a new leaf. Part of a summer series of silent films with animal stars (and live music) at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, 8 p.m.: "Peter Pan" (1924); Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Celebrate summer with 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. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, 2 p.m.: "Chaplin Short Comedies plus 'City Lights' (1931)"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Spend an afternoon with the Little Tramp on the 100th anniversary of his first screen appearances. The whole family will enjoy restored prints of some of Chaplin's most popular comedies shown the way they were intended: on the big screen, with live music, and an audience! Plus Chaplin's great full-length feature 'City Lights' (1931) with his own soundtrack. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful moviehouse that's committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting projection work of the legendary David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 7 p.m.: "The Last Command" (1928); Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Emil Jannings snagged the first-ever Best Actor Academy Award for his towering portrayal of a Czarist general and patriot forced to contend with the Russian Revolution in this sweeping late silent drama directed by Josef von Sternberg. One of early Hollywood's most creative and challenging looks at the conflicts of World War I, which began 100 years ago this month. Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Show People" (1928); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. A silent film about the silent film business! Young Peggy Pepper (Marion Davies) ventures to Hollywood to make her mark in drama, but finds an unexpected (and unwelcome) flair for slapstick comedy. King Vidor directed this entertaining valentine to an art form that would soon be swept aside by talking pictures. Full of cameos of stars ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Douglas Fairbanks Sr. Join us for series 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, Aug. 17, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "Really Big Stars: An Elephant Double Feature": Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Double feature of films with elephants in leading roles! 'Soul of the Beast' (1923) stars Oscar the Elephant, who accompanies a circus runaway fleeing a mean stepfather. In 'Chang' (1927), shot on location in rural Siam (now Thailand), a native family in the back country battles the jungle for survival. Part of a summer series of silent films with animal stars (and live music) at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, 8 p.m.: "Charlie Chaplin Comedy Night"; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Spend an evening with the Little Tramp on the 100th anniversary of his first screen appearances. The whole family will enjoy restored prints of some of Chaplin's most popular comedies shown the way they were intended: on the big screen, with live music, and an audience! See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "A Triple Feature Finale: Two Dogs and a Horse": Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. We round out our summer of silent animal stars with a thrilling triple feature. 'His Master's Voice' (1925) finds Thunder the Dog helping human co-star George Hackathorne overcome his cowardice on the battlefield; in 'The Return of the Grey Wolf' (1923), Leader the Dog comes to the aid of his master, a fur trapper blinded in an accident; and in 'Guardians of the Wild' (1928), Rex the Wonder Horse returns to help the good guys fight the bad guys over the fate of a pristine patch of wilderness that he calls home. Part of a summer series of silent films with animal stars (and live music) at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Silent Comedy with Harry Langdon"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Silent comedy featuring the unique style of Harry Langdon, whose innocent baby-faced character rocketed to fame late in the silent era on the strength of films directed by a very young Frank Capra. Rediscover Harry's quiet genius the way it was intended to be seen: on the big screen and with a live audience. Join us for series 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. 14, 2014, 2 p.m.: "The Kid Brother" (1927) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Often cited as Lloyd's masterpiece, this ambitious silent film comedy/drama tells the story of Harold Hickory, youngest son of a powerful rural sheriff. When his father is unjustly jailed, Harold is forced to prove himself and clear his father's name. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful moviehouse that's committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting projection work of the legendary David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, 8 p.m.: "Tarzan Double Feature"; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. In 'Tarzan and the Golden Lion' (1927), an early screen adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, finds Tarzan adopting an orphaned lion cub, with unexpected results. Other Tarzan feature to be announced. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; silent film screening at Keene State College in Keene, N.H.

• Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, 2 p.m.: "The Crowd" (1928); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. King Vidor's intense drama about the life of an everyman who aims high, but life has other ideas. Filled with iconic scenes showing the eloquence of silent film at its most fluent. Shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful moviehouse that's committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting projection work of the legendary David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Friday, Oct. 17, 2014: "Silent Film Program"; Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Ferrisburgh, Vt.; hhttp://www.lcmm.org. Silent film program and fundraiser for this local museum. More details to come.

• Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Chiller Theater Silent Double Feature starring Lon Chaney"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Just in time for Halloween, two classic silent films that will creep you out. In 'The Unknown' (1927), Lon Chaney plays 'Alonzo the Armless,' a disabled circus performer smitten with Joan Crawford. What he does to prove his love for her makes for an unforgettably twisted tale from director Tod Browning. Plus: Another Lon Chaney feature TBA. Join us for series 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.

• Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922); Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. 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. Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, Oct 25, 2014, 8 p.m.: "Phantom of the Opera" (1925); Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. 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. Just in time for Halloween! See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. The program is subtitled 'Chiller Theater' due to the theater's lack of central heating. Bring a sweater or a blanket! Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, 2 p.m.: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) starring Lon Chaney; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Just in time for Halloween, 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! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful moviehouse that's committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting projection work of the legendary David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, 2 p.m.: "Title TBA"; Bedford Public Library, Bedford, N.H.; Silent film with live music, part of a monthly series of performances at my hometown's public library.

• Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, 2 p.m.: "The Strong Man" (1926); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. With World War I over, baby-faced soldier Harry Langdon searches for the girl who sent such moving letters to him in the trenches. Directed by a very young Frank Capra, 'The Strong Man' is today hailed as Langdon's best feature, and also one of the greatest comedies of the silent film era. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful moviehouse that's committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting projection work of the legendary David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Charlie Chaplin Comedy Night"; Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Spend part of Thanksgiving weekend with the Little Tramp on the 100th anniversary of his first screen appearances. The whole family will enjoy restored prints of some of Chaplin's most popular comedies shown the way they were intended: on the big screen, with live music, and an audience! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.