The building that is now the Sierra Madre Playhouse opened as the Wistaria movie theater 99-years ago in February 1924.
By News Desk
Sierra Madre Playhouse will present The Camera Is Ours, a silent film festival featuring films produced before and after American women gained the right to vote, with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920).
The films will be accompanied on the piano by the noted accompanist and film historian, Frederick Hodges. The films will be introduced by two leading experts on women in early Hollywood: Cari Beauchamp, author of the biography of Frances Marion, in her day the highest paid screenwriter in the business (Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood), and Lara Gabrielle, author of the biography of Marion Davies (Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies).
Here is the program (subject to change).
Saturday, August 26, 2023
– 12:00 pm: Daredevil Women Before the Vote. Lara Gabrielle will introduce hair-raising comedies and The Perils of Pauline.
– 3:00 pm: The Art of Accompaniment.
An illustrated talk by Frederick Hodges. Plus, Carl Beauchamp introduces the classic film It.
– 8:00 pm: Why Be Good? Introduced by Lara Gabrielle, plus shorts and a newsreel.
Sunday, August 27, 2023
– 2:00 pm: Frederick Hodges in concert.
Plus, Sparrows, introduced by Lara Gabrielle, plus shorts and a newsreel.
– 7:00 pm: Discussion: Women in Hollywood in the Silent Era.
Panelists: Lara Gabrielle, Carl Beauchamp, Frederick Hodges. Moderator: Sierra Madre playhouse’s resident film expert, Rich Procter.
Plus, Show People, introduced by Lara Gabrielle. Plus, shorts and a newsreel.
COVID-19 information: The wearing of face masks is recommended.
Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Ample free parking in the back. Reservations: (626) 355-4318. Online ticketing: sierramadreplayhouse.org Admission for one event is $25. Special discount savings: Purchase an all-event weekend festival pass, all five events for just $75 (a savings of $50) or see three events for $60 (a savings of $15).
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