Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Silent Film with Ken Double on the Mighty Wurlitzer
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Tickets: $5 General Admission
No advanced sales for this event.
Tickets available at door only.
The Wurlitzer pipe organ was the greatest vehicle for interpreting silent film ever created. Its capacity to create mood music from whisper to roar, from comedy to horror, makes my job so much fun.
A dark, vintage theater. A black and white silent film. The pounding glory of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ played by maestro Ken Double. And, right before your eyes—the handsome Dr. Jekyll transforms into the hideous Mr. Hyde!
See the timeless 1920 classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde silent film starring John Barrymore paired with Ken Double playing the Wurlitzer theater organ. Ken skillfully enhances and punctuates what you see on the silver screen, from the horrific to the romantic, with the theater organ’s ability to mimic orchestral instruments and create the perfect, heart-pounding sound effects.
Back in the day, Barrymore’s performance caused a sensation because he accomplished his initial transition from the handsome Dr. Jekyll to the hideous Mr. Hyde with no special makeup, camera trickery or cutting. In a continuous sequence that takes up one-thousand feet of film, Barrymore simply turns away from the camera with his hands hiding his face, then turns back to reveal grotesquely distorted features.
Theater organs are uniquely American, developed to mimic orchestral instruments to accompany early twentieth century silent films. More than 10,000 organs were installed by the end of the silent film era; Today only about 600 still exist. See and hear one of those surviving theater organs right here at the Long Center!
This is your chance to travel back in time and experience Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as it was viewed in 1920!
Hours: M-F 12 to 5:00 PM
Open one hour prior to performance.
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