Several times a year, we reclaim the silent-film heritage of the Capitol Theater. Local acts open for the screening of a classic silent film. Each show features a skilled organist on the magnificent Grand Barton Organ, just as it was done in 1928.
When a publicity stunt goes wrong … Harold Lloyd is at his best! With a script by the great Hal Roach and Sam Taylor, this 1923 romp is sure to have you laughing from the toes up.
Organist: Jelani Eddington
Overture Center’s 2016/17 Duck Soup Cinema celebrates the 30th anniversary of a silent film series in the Capitol Theater, beginning with a special showing of a full-length feature film Metropolis on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. Following the film, Professor Jeff Smith from the UW Communication Arts Department and organist Clark Wilson will briefly discuss Metropolis’s production history, the music used in various versions of the film and its long-term influence on more modern cinema.
For 30 years, Overture has revived and celebrated the heritage and legacy of Capitol Theater, originally built for silent film and opened in 1928.
“It’s been an honor to grow this program from an idea to a full-blown series over the last 30 years,” said Rudy Lienau, Overture’s VP of Operations and Duck Soup Cinema programmer. “Keeping an art form such as this alive and thriving within the historical Capitol Theater for our community is a privilege. The fact that we still have the original Grand Barton Organ in its original home really helps maintain the genuineness of the program.”
Local vaudeville-style acts open for a silent film screening (with the exception this season of Metropolis and The Thief of Bagdad). Each show features a skilled organist who mirrors the actors’ emotions on the magnificent Grand Barton Organ, just as it was done in 1928.