• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, 2 p.m.: "College" (1927) starring Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Buster heads off to a college campus to find sports is the only sure-fire route to popularity. One of Keaton's most gag-filled comedies offers priceless visual humor and a look at the silent star's athletic prowess. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, 5 p.m.: "The Kid Brother" (1927) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Campton Historical Society, Campton Town Hall, Route 175, Campton, N.H.; Campton Historical Society. 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 program preceded by potluck supper beginning at 5 p.m. Film program to start approximately 6:15 p.m. Free and open to the public! 

• Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, 2 p.m.: "Within Our Gates" (1920); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us as we salute Black History Month with a screening of 'Within Our Gates' (1920), the landmark drama from pioneer African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Silent film shown in 35mm prints on the big screen at the Somerville Theatre, a 1914 moviehouse and theater. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. 

• Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "The Lodger" (1927) starring Ivor Novello, directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Greenfield Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield, Mass.; call (413) 773-9260 or visit www.gardencinemas.net. A serial killer is on the loose in fog-bound London. Will the murderer be caught before yet another victim is claimed? Suspenseful early British thriller directed by a very young Alfred Hitchcock. Tickets $10.50 adults; $8.50 students, seniors, and veterans.

• Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, 7 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923); The Rex Theatre, 23 Amherst St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 574-4826; https://www.palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre/. 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. Join us for a series of silent film programs with live music in a wonderful restored theater in downtown Manchester. Timeless silent film on the big screen! Tickets $10 per person general admission. 

• Saturday, Feb. 11, 2022, 4:30 p.m.: "The Temptress" (1929) starring Greta Garbo; The Jane Pickens Theatre, 49 Touro St., Newport, R.I.; (401) 846-5474; https://janepickens.com/. Just in time for Valentine's Day, MGM drama with Garbo destroying the lives of men everywhere. Unusual in that the film was made with two very different endings per order of studio boss Louis B. Mayer; we'll screen both of them. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown for more than a century. Admission prices and more info to come.   

• Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "The Smart Set" (1928) starring William Haines, Alice Day; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Get ready to ride in a romantic comedy set in the rarefied world of 1920s championship polo. Arrogant aristocrat Tommy Van Buren (William Haines) calls himself "America's gift to polo," while his female fans think he's the most gorgeous creature on four legs. The one exception is plucky Polly (Alice Day), whose polo-playing father is replaced by Tommy prior to an international tournament. Can the star-crossed pair find true love among the ponies, polo mallets and privilege? Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.Tickets $10 per person, general admission, available online or at the door.

• Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, 2 p.m.: "My Best Girl" (1927) starring Mary Pickford, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. In a big city department store, what happens when romance blossoms between a humble clerk and the store owner's son? In case you missed Valentine's Day: a sparkling “rich man, poor girl” romantic comedy from 1927 starring screen icon Mary Pickford with Charles 'Buddy Rogers,' her future husband. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Friday, Feb. 24 through Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023Kansas Silent Film Festival at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Annual pilgrimage to multi-day celebration of silent film with live music. Check it out at www.kssilentfilmfest.org. My 23rd consecutive year of attending this festival, not counting the 2021 pandemic, when it was held online but we recreated it in New Hampshire. I'll accompany 'Bellboy 13' (1923), a short Douglas MacLean feature, plus a passel of short films and whatever else they throw at me. See you in Kansas!

• Thursday, March 2, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "The Kid Brother" (1927) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Riverwoods Durham, 14 Stone Quarry Drive, Durham, N.H.; private screening not open to the public. 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 accused, Harold is forced to prove himself and clear his father's name.

• Sunday, March 5, 2023, 2 p.m.: "Annie Laurie" (1927) starring Lillian Gish and "Cinderella" (1914); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Celebrate Women's History Month with two rarely screened films featuring the leading-est ladies of early Hollywood. 'Annie Laurie' (1927) is a rarely-screened MGM epic about Scottish clan battles featuring silent-era megastar Lillian Gish as leading lady while legions of men in kilts do battle. Plus, an early adaptation of 'Cinderella' (1914) starring film industry pioneer Mary Pickford. Both titles shown via 35mm prints from the Library of Congress on the big screen at the Somerville Theatre, a 1914 moviehouse. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. 

• Monday, March 6, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Richard Arlen; Greenfield Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield, Mass.; call (413) 773-9260 or visit www.gardencinemas.net. Sweeping drama about fighter pilots in World War I; one of the great achievements of the silent cinema, winner of "Best Picture" at the first-ever Academy Awards. Compelling story, great performances, battle scenes filmed on an immense scale, and in-air aviation sequences that remain thrilling even today. See it for yourself! Tickets $10.50 adults; $8.50 students, seniors, and veterans.

• Sunday, March 12, 2023, 2 p.m.: "Little Old New York" (1923) starring Marion Davies; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. An Irish girl comes to 19th century New York disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left to her brother who has died. Top notch entertainment boasting lavish production values; among 1923's highest grossing pictures. Transferred from 35mm print via a Kickstarter campaign supported by Town Hall Theatre patrons! The first in a series of silent films either set in or filmed in New York City. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.  

TENTATIVE • Saturday, March 18, 2023, 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.

• Monday, March 20, 2023, 7:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline, Mass.; (617) 734-2501; www.coolidge.org. Silent film on the big screen with live music: the Coolidge's long-running 'Sounds of Silence' program recreates the experience of early cinema so today's audiences can experience why movie-goers first fell in love with the silver screen.

• Sunday, March 26, 2023, 2 p.m.: "Regeneration" (1915) directed by Raoul Walsh; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. A powerful slum melodrama produced in 1915 on location on New York's lower East Side, with a gaggle of authentic low-life types performing alongside professional actors. Drirected by Raoul Walsh; one of the first U.S. feature-length films, released the same year as D.W. Griffith's 'The Birth of a Nation.' Part of a series of silent films either set in or filmed in New York City. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 7 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927); The Rex Theatre, 23 Amherst St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 574-4826; https://www.palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre/. The eye-popping silent film sci-fi masterpiece of German filmmaker Fritz Lang is a vintage look at things to come. Restored version includes nearly a half-hour of lost footage that was rediscovered in Argentina in 2008. Join us for a series of silent film programs with live music in a wonderful restored theater in downtown Manchester. Timeless silent film on the big screen! Tickets $10 per person general admission.

• Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• Sunday, April 16, 2023, 2 p.m.: "Lights of Old Broadway" (1925) starring Marion Davies; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Set in late 19th century NYC, Marion Davies plays twins  orphaned in childhood who grow up unaware of each other but whose lives intertwine much later on, with comic and dramatic results! Lavishly produced 1925 MGM release preserved by the Library of Congress. Part of a series of silent films either set in or filmed in New York City. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, April 30, 2023, 2 p.m.: "Speedy" (1928) starring Harold Lloyd; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Lloyd's final silent feature finds him at the peak of his career playing a baseball-crazed go-getter forced to rescue the business of his girlfriend's father from being destroyed by thugs. Filled with great scenes of 1920s NYC, with notable cameo by baseball's Babe Ruth. Part of a series featuring silent films either set in or filmed in New York City. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, May 7, 2023, 2 p.m.: Buster Keaton 'Boats and Trains' Double Feature! "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928) and "The General" (1926); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Two Keaton classics in which Buster creates large-scale comedy with big machines. In 'Steamboat Bill, Jr.' (1928), Buster plays the effete college-educated son of a rough-hewn riverboat captain who must help his father fight a domineering businessman—who just happens to be the father of Buster's girlfriend. In 'The General' (1926), Buster's Civil War-era masterpiece tells the story of a Confederate railroad engineer whose train is hijacked by Northern spies. Both titles shown via 35mm prints from the Library of Congress on the big screen at the Somerville Theatre, a 1914 moviehouse. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.

• Sunday, May 14, 2023, 2 p.m.: "The Docks of New York" (1928) directed by Josef von Sternberg; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Set in late 19th century New York, roughneck stoker Bill Roberts gets into unexpected trouble during a brief shore leave when he falls hard for Mae, a wise and weary dance-hall girl. Intense and moving 1928 silent drama from legendary director Josef von Sternberg. The final installment in a series featuring silent films either set in or filmed in New York City. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Friday, May 19, 2023, 8 p.m.: "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" (1927) starring Janet Gaynor, George O'Brien, directed by F.W. Murnau; Epsilon Spires, 190 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vt.; www.epsilonspires.org. Tickets $20. Academy Award-winning romantic drama. Critics rank this visually stunning fairy tale about joy, sadness, hope, and love as among the best silent pictures ever made. Epsilon Spires is an organization illuminating the relationships between creative arts, natural sciences and sustainability using multimedia platforms. Epsilon Spires operates out of a renovated Baptist church built in 1868. 

• Saturday, May 20, 2023, 7 p.m.: "The Pilgrim"(1923) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, plus other Chaplin short comedies; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The clergy, Westerns, child discipline and baking are among sources of laughter in The Little Tramp's last-ever non-feature-length movie, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 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 21, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Saturday, June 3, 2023, 7 p.m.: "The Temptress" (1926) starring Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. MGM drama with Garbo destroying the lives of men on two continents. Unusual in that the film was made with two very different endings per order of studio boss Louis B. Mayer; we'll screen both of them.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 11, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.  

• Sunday, June 25, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, July 9, 2023, 2 p.m.: Salute to Canada Double Feature! "Mantrap" (1926) starring Clara Bow and "The Canadian" (1926); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. To mark "Canada Day" (July 1), we salute our neighbors with a double helping of vintage cinema set north of the border. In 'Mantrap' (1926), silent-era 'It" girl Clara Bow stars in a battle-of-the-sexes comedy about a big city divorce lawyer hoping to get away from it all at a Canadian wilderness retreat. 'The Canadian' (1926) stars Thomas Meighan in the tale of a pioneering couple homesteading in Alberta, where they battle bad weather and financial woes. Both titles shown via 35mm prints from the Library of Congress on the big screen at the Somerville Theatre, a 1914 moviehouse. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Saturday, July 15, 2023, 7 p.m.: "The General" (1927) starring Buster Keaton; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Buster's Civil War-era masterpiece tells the story of a Confederate railroad engineer whose train is hijacked by Northern spies. One of the great movies of any era! 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, July 16, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.  

• Sunday, July 30, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, 7 p.m.: "The Ten Commandments" (1923); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Long before Charlton Heston played Moses in Technicolor, director Cecil B. DeMille filmed this silent blockbuster on a grand scale. Many say it surpasses the remake—see for yourself as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the film's original release. 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, Aug. 20, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, 7 p.m.: "The Freshman" (1925) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. We welcome football season with Harold Lloyd's blockbuster hit about a college boy who dreams of gridiron greatness. One of Lloyd's all-time best!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. 10, 2023, 2 p.m.: "The Fire Brigade" (1926); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. MGM’s blockbuster production stars Charles Ray, the youngest in a long line of fearless Irish American firefighters, who falls in love with the daughter (May McEvoy) of a crooked building contractor. Spectacular fire sequences with hand-colored effects included in this recent Library of Congress restoration. Silent film shown in 35mm prints on the big screen at the Somerville Theatre, a 1914 moviehouse and theater. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. 

• Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.  

• Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, 7 p.m.: "The Cat and the Canary" (1927); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Can a group of distant relatives 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! 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, Nov. 8, 2023, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, 7 p.m.: "The Big Parade" (1925) starring John Gilbert, Renée Adoree; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. We salute Veterans Day with this sweeping saga about U.S. doughboys signing up and shipping off to France in 1917, where they face experiences that will change their lives forever—if they return. MGM blockbuster directed by King Vidor; one of the biggest box office triumphs of the silent era. 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, Nov. 12, 2023, 2 p.m.: "The Big Parade" (1925) starring John Gilbert, Renée Adoree; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. We salute Veterans Day with this sweeping saga about U.S. doughboys signing up and shipping off to France in 1917, where they face experiences that will change their lives forever—if they return. MGM blockbuster directed by King Vidor; one of the biggest box office triumphs of the silent era. Silent film shown in 35mm prints on the big screen at the Somerville Theatre, a 1914 moviehouse and theater. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. 

• Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Saturday, Jan. 18, 2025, time TBA: "The Lost World" (1925) at the 50th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon presented by the Case Western Reserve University Film Society, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. Live music for 'The Lost World,' a featured attraction in this year's annual 36-hour (!) sci-fi marathon at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. First-ever movie adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary tale of British explorers who discover prehistoric 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.