Aug. 8, 2010 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Flying Monkey to launch silent film series on Thursday, Aug. 12
'Grandma's Boy' (1922) with live music first up in monthly screenings at restored Plymouth, N.H. moviehouse
PLYMOUTH, N.H.—The silent film era returns to the big screen at the newly reopened Flying Monkey Movie House and Performing Arts Center in Plymouth, N.H. with the screening of a classic silent comedy and short subjects, all accompanied by live music.
Showtime is Thursday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to this family-friendly event; admission is by donation. Proceeds will be used to support programming at the Flying Monkey, formerly known as the Plymouth Theatre prior to its recent refurbishment and reopening.
Featured will be a full-length comedy, 'Grandma's Boy,' starring Harold Lloyd, a popular 1920s film star. Comedy short subjects will include 'Neighbors' (1920) starring Buster Keaton and 'Mighty Like a Moose' (1926) starring Charley Chase.
Live music will be performed by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer who specializes in scoring silent films and accompanies screenings throughout New England. Using original themes created beforehand, Rapsis improvises the music live as the films are shown.
'Grandma's Boy' tells the story a cowardly young man (Harold Lloyd) who seeks the courage to battle a menacing tramp who terrorizes his small hometown.
The silent film program will showcase the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performing Arts Center, which reopened in July after extensive renovations under the direction of Alex Ray, who purchased the facility at auction last year.
Other silent films with live music are scheduled through December at the Flying Monkey, with screenings scheduled every second Thursday night of the month. Upcoming films include Buster Keaton in 'College' (1927) on Thursday, Sept. 9 and Charlie Chaplin in 'The Kid' (1921) on Thursday, Oct. 14.
Silent film programs will be shown at the Flying Monkey on the second Thursday of each month.
"It's a great resource for the community, and especially Plymouth State University, to have these films available to the public, so they can be experienced as they were intended," said Lisa Lovett, the Flying Monkey's general manager. "It also keeps us in touch with the venue's long history as an active movie theater."
'Grandma's Boy' will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Flying Monkey Performing Arts Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H. Free admission, donations accepted. For more information, call (603) 536-2551 or visit www.thecman.com and click on the "Flying Monkey" links.