• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

POSTPONED, RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY, NOV. 20 • Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, 2 p.m.: "Lonesome" (1928) directed by Paul Fejos, starring Barbara Kent and Glenn Tryon; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Part-talking comedy/drama following two working-class residents of New York City over a 24-hour-period on the July 4 weekend, from a chance meeting at Coney Island to the beginnings of love. Remarkable ground-breaking visual effects to capture the Jazz-age energy of the Big Apple. 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. 16, 2022, 4 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Just in time for Halloween: the original vampire film, this loose adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. See it for yourself on the 100th anniversary of its original release! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $18, Center for the Arts members $15.

• Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, 6:30 p.m.: "Faust" (1926) starring Emil Jannings; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Director F.W. Murnau's last silent film made in Germany is a visually stunning adaptation of the Faust legend, with Emil Jannings in a towering performance as Mephisto.Part of a series of 1926 films that recently entered the public domain. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, 7 p.m.: "The Phantom of the Opera" starring Lon Chaney; Derry Opera House, 29 West Broadway, Derry, N.H. Get in the mood for Halloween with one of the all-time classic thrillers. 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. Timeless silent film on the big screen and with live music. Free admission! For more information, contact the Derry Opera House at (603) 404-2928 or at office@derryartscouncil.org.

• Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, 7 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Just in time for Halloween: the original vampire film, this loose adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. See it for yourself on the 100th anniversary of its 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, Oct. 23, 2022, 2 p.m.: "Frankenstein" (1931) starring Boris Karloff; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Live music for the early talkie horror classic, which has virtually no musical score. Presented at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 1914 moviehouse and theater committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film whenever possible. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. 

• Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m.: "Maciste in Hell" (1925); Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Just in time for Halloween! An Italian film in which a virtuous man is tempted by Satan and winds up in the Underworld. But will enough of his virtue survive to battle the demons of hell? A rarely screened early fantasy featuring highly imaginative visual design. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, 7 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau; the Colonial Theatre's Showroom, 20 Commercial St., Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033; www.thecolonial.org. Just in time for Halloween: the original vampire film, this loose adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. See it for yourself on the 100th anniversary of its original release! Ticket prices adults $12; kids 10 and under $5.

• Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, 7 p.m.: "The Cat and the Canary" (1927) directed by Paul Leni; The Rex Theatre, 23 Amherst St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 574-4826; https://www.palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre/. Perfect for Halloween! 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. 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.

• Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, 7:30 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F. W. Murnau; The Jane Pickens Theatre, 49 Touro St., Newport, R.I.; (401) 846-5474; https://janepickens.com/.  Just in time for Halloween: the original vampire film, this loose adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. See it for yourself on the 100th anniversary of its original release! Admission prices and more info to come.  

• Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, 7 p.m.: "The Bells" (1926) starring Lionel Barrymore, Boris Karloff; Warner Town Hall, Warner, N.H. Screening sponsored by the Telephone Museum of N.H. (Yes, New Hampshire has a telephone museum!) Strange tale of Lionel Barrymore as an innkeeper in a small Central European town with a lurid secret, with Boris Karloff as a visiting clairvoyant who is poised to expose it. Genuinely haunting picture from obscure Chadwick Pictures. 

• Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, 2 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F. W. Murnau; at the newly opened Park Theater, 19 Main St., Jaffrey, N.H.; (603) 532-9300; https://theparktheatre.org/ Celebrate Halloween with one of the all-time classics: the original vampire film, this loose adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. See it for yourself on the 100th anniversary of its original release! Admission prices and more info to come.   

• Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, 7 p.m.: "Der Golem" (1920); Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Get ready for Halloween with one very weird flick! In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. Early German fantasy flick anticipates Frankenstein story. 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 $12 per person.

 • Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, 11:59 p.m.: "London After Midnight" (1927), reconstruction starring Lon Chaney; Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline, Mass.; (617) 734-2501; www.coolidge.org. The legendary lost Lon Chaney movie reconstructed from still photos and other materials to bring this missing film back from the dead. The kick-off of a 12-hour pre-Halloween vampire marathon. See for yourself at this special midnight screening — if you dare! Ticket price TBA, available at door or online at www.coolidge.org. 

 • Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, 3 p.m.: "A Program of Short Comedies and Surprises" (1921); Gloucester Meetinghouse / Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., Gloucester, Mass. Chaplin's short comedy 'The Floorwalker,' Buster Keaton in 'The Haunted House,' and the French film 'The Red Balloon' (1956) are highlights of a program of short films that are long on laughter. A great family afternoon at the movies! Admission $15; students with ID $5; kids under 12 free. Visit www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org for tickets and info.

• Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, 7:30 p.m.: "The Lodger" (1927); Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Just in time for Halloween! A serial killer is on the loose in fog-bound London. Will the murderer be caught before yet another victim is claimed? Suspenseful British thriller directed by a very young Alfred Hitchcock. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, Nov. 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St., Wilton, N.H.; (603) 3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. In honor of Veterans Day, a 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. Co-sponsored by the Aviation Museum of N.H. Admission free, donations accepted to benefit Aviation Museum. 

• Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, 2 p.m.: "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930) starring Lew Ayres; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. In honor of Veterans Day: the classic anti-war film that took Best Picture honors at the second Academy Awards. During World War I, a group of young Germans are sent to the Western Front, where their idealism is destroyed by the realities of trench warfare. Rarely seen silent version released to theaters that had yet to convert to talking pictures. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Wednesday, Nov. 16, 20226:30 p.m.: "So's Your Old Man" (1926) starring W.C. Fields; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Terrific silent comedy with Fields as a henpecked and unsuccessful inventor whose encounter with a young woman makes him the talk of his small town. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, 7 p.m.: "Her Sister From Paris" (1925) starring Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The scene: Europe. The cast: Rich people. Get swept off your feet by not one but two privileged ladies, both played by amazing actress Constance Talmadge, who was Buster Keaton's sister-in-law. 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. 20, 2022, 2 p.m.: "Lonesome" (1928) directed by Paul Fejos, starring Barbara Kent and Glenn Tryon; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Part-talking comedy/drama following two working-class residents of New York City over a 24-hour-period on the July 4 weekend, from a chance meeting at Coney Island to the beginnings of love. Remarkable ground-breaking visual effects to capture the Jazz-age energy of the Big Apple. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, 8 p.m.: "Hot Water" (1924) starring Harold Lloyd; Epsilon Spires, 190 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vt.; www.epsilonspires.org. Tickets $15. Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with silent film comedian Harold Lloyd's hilarious and timeless look at family life. If you think dysfunction is a recent thing, then check this out. 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.

• Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, 2 p.m.: "Charley Chase Comedies"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Laugh away those Thanksgiving weekend calories with the on-screen antics of Charley Chase, one of the silent era's most popular comedians. Often playing a harried family man, Chase's timeless humor still shines through a century later. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, 2 p.m.: "Barbed Wire" (1927) starring Paula Negri, Clive Brook; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. During World War I, the French government commandeers a family farm for use as a camp for German POWs, setting the local population at each other. Intense drama about forbidden love and the human condition with a special holiday twist. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, 4 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927) directed by Fritz Lang; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. 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. Seen in its entirety and with live music, 'Metropolis' stands as an stunning example of the power of 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! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, Center for the Arts members $10.

• Saturday, Jan. 7, 2022, 4 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927) directed by Fritz Lang; the Colonial Theatre's "Showroom" venue, 20 Commercial St., Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033 https://thecolonial.org/. he 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. Seen in its entirety and with live music, 'Metropolis' stands as an stunning example of the power of 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! Admission prices and more info to come.   

• Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, 2 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd; 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 just one highlight of a remarkable thrill comedy that has lost none of its power over audiences. See for yourself as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the movie's original release. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• 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.

• 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. 

• Sunday, Feb. 12, 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, Feb. 19, 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, 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. Films to be announced. 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. 

• Sunday, March 12, 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, March 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.

• 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.

• Sunday, April 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.

• Sunday, April. 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.

• Sunday, May 7, 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, May 13, 2023, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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, July 15, 2023, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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. 19, 2023, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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, Sept. 9, 2023, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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.  

TENTATIVE • Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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, Nov. 11, 2023, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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.