JULY 25 - 26 - 27

W. C. FIELDS and MAE WEST  in

MY LITTLE CHICKADEE

(1940)

   

My Little Chickadee is a comedy/western film written by its stars Mae West and W.C. Fields.

 

The movie co-starred Margaret Hamilton who had played the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz released the year before this film.  Also starring in the film was Dick Foran who was being paid by the week. He concocted a plan to tell West that Fields was rewriting his lines to give himself more screen time and to try to steal the film from her. He would then go to Fields and tell him the same thing about West. He was able to extend his employment from a few weeks to several months, as both Fields and West - who didn't like each other - would hold up production while they would rewrite their scenes. 

 

My Little Chickadee is just good ol’ fashioned slapstick comedy. It's great fun.  They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to!

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.

Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



AUGUST 1 - 2 - 3

• 70th Anniversary Celebration •


Judy Garland in

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

(1944)

   

 

A sweet, wonderful movie starring the beloved Judy Garland, directed by Vincente Minnelli whom Garland married after making the film. 

 

The song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was introduced in this film by Garland, as well as “The Trolley Song” which was filmed all in one take! 

 

This film is sheer delight from start to finish.  

 

It’s a shining moment for the heyday of MGM musicals. 

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.

Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



AUGUST 8 - 9 -10

• 90th Anniversary Celebration •


Harold Lloyd in

GIRL SHY

(1924 - silent)

Accompanied LIVE on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ!

   

Girl Shy was one of the first romantic comedies ever filmed.

 

Harold Lloyd along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton was one of the most popular and influential film comedians of the silent film era. Lloyd made nearly 200 comedy films, both silent and "talkies", between 1914 and 1947. He is best known for his "Glass" character, a resourceful, success-seeking go-getter who molded well with 1920s era America. 

 

You might recognize some Our Gang kids in uncredited roles--Fat Joe Cobb & Jackie Condon in the tailor's shop and Mickey Daniels as a newsboy on the street.

 

Girl Shy will be accompanied live by the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, just as audiences saw it in 1924. 

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.

Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.


AUGUST 15 - 16 - 17


Faye Wray in

K I N G  K O N G

(1933)

   

In 1933 Fay Wray was approached by producer Merian C. Cooper, who told her that he had a part for her in a picture in which she would be working with a tall, dark leading man.

 

Well, that "tall, dark leading man" would be a giant gorilla and the picture would be King Kong.

 

The film grossed $90,000 in its opening weekend, which was the biggest opening ever at the time.  It smashed attendance records nationwide and ended up grossing $1.76 million during its initial release.  

 

The success of the film was credited for saving RKO from bankruptcy.  

 

Come join the fun as we watch this classic on the big screen! 

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.

Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



AUGUST 22 - 23 - 24

• 80th Anniversary Celebration •

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert
in Frank Capra's

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

(1934)

   

 

A true American classic, this film is a pioneer of the screwball comedy genre.  It features Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, with on-screen chemistry that's magical.

 

This was the first film to win Oscars in all the main categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Screenplay. 

 

An urban legend claims that sales of men's undershirts declined noticeably when in one scene Gable undresses for bed taking off his shirt to reveal that he is bare chested. 

 

Let’s face it, this one’s a classic and on everyone’s ‘must see’ list. 

 

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.

Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



AUGUST 29 - 30 - 31

Rudolph Valentino in

BLOOD AND SAND

(1922 - silent)

• Accompanied live by Bill Field on the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ •

   

 

Blood and Sand stars silent screen legend Rudolph Valentino in one of his most celebrated roles as a bullfighter from the suburbs of Seville whose rise to fame eventually puts his life into a different direction.

 

The film helped establish Rudolph Valentino as a super star, and it was one of the most successful films of his career.  

 

The film was a box office hit and was one of the top grossing films of 1922.   It is classic Valentino.  Aside from playing a young man with ambition, a tango dancer, and a lover of women (although a title card early in the story has him saying "I hate all women except one"), Valentino is perfectly cast as the bullfighter of Seville.

 

Viva, Valentino!

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.

Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



SEPTEMBER  5 - 6 - 7

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in

BLOOD AND SANDGIRL CRAZY

(1943)

   

 

Starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, this MGM musical was based on the stage musical of the same name. This was the ninth of ten pairings between the two superstars and was the film debut of June Allyson.  Girl Crazy was the highest grossing movie in 1943 and nominated for an Academy Award.  

 

If you are a Gershwin fan, this film is a treasure.  Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, the film featured the songs “Embraceable You”, “I Got Rhythm” and “But Not For Me”.  Swing master Tommy Dorsey and his band also appear in the film.   A particular highlight of the film is Judy Garland singing the "I Got Rhythm".  WIth a voice like that it's no wonder she is often considered the best singer of her era.

If you're in the mood for a classic romantic comedy muscial, you're sure to love this film!

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.

Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



SEPTEMBER  12 - 13 - 14


Charlie Chaplin

MODERN TIMES

(1936)

   

 

Back again this year by popular demand...  

 

Modern Times is the very definition of a “classic”.  It’s one of the cleverest, funniest, and most important films ever made. 

 

Chaplin’s iconic “Tramp” character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world, with the help of a young homeless woman. 

 

For anyone with an interest in cinema or comedy, it’s one of those films you can see again and again and again. 

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.

Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



SEPTEMBER  19 - 20 - 21


THE MERRY WIDOW

(1925 - silent)

• Accompanied live by Bill Field on the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ •

   

 

Erich von Stroheim (of Sunset Boulevard fame) wrote and directed The Merry Widow.  

 

Interestingly, lead actress Mae Murray who was described as abusive and delusional served as the primary inspiration for the character of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.

 

Joan Crawford and Clark Gable both appear as extras in this film. 

 

With a budget of $592,000, filming was tense as Murray and director, Erich von Stroheim, did not get along.

 

However, the film was a critical and box office success and today stands as a true cinematic achievement of the silent era. 

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



SEPTEMBER  26 - 27 - 28


ALL STAR COMEDY FESTIVAL

Short Classic Comedies - Sound and Silents


All Silent Shorts are Accompanied LIVE by Bill Field on the
Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ

   

A long-time favorite, our All Star Comedy Festival is always a blast. 

 

It’s the perfect show for first-time visitors to Old Town Music Hall!

 

Come hear the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, join in the audience sing-along, and laugh as loud as you can to the classic black & white comedic geniuses of Hollywood’s golden age. 

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



OCTOBER 3 - 4 - 5


Claude Rains in

THE INVISIBLE MAN

(1933)

• Our First Weekend of OLD TOWN MUSIC HAUNT

   

It's our first weekend of Old Town Music HAUNT... when friendly spooks and ghouls re-decorate the theater and choose their favorite classic horror films to celebate Halloween month.

 

If you've never seen the 1933 The Invisible Man (or if it's been awhile), now's your chane to see it on the big screen.  

 

With a brilliant performance by Claude Rains (often with only his voice), clever dialogue, and the expert direction of James Whale, The Invisible Man gets better and better every time you watch it! 

 

In the 1930s, the special effects left audiences captivated.  Even today we wonder how they did it without computers.

 

Based on the H.G Wells classic story, this film is on everyone’s must-see list.

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



OCTOBER 10 - 11 - 12


Boris Karloff in

FRANKENSTEIN

(1931)

   

 

Director James Whale's 1931 masterpiece, Frankenstein is the Godfather of horror films. 

 

"It's Alive!" is a line that will live on forever as we recall the first moments of life for cinema’s most recognized and beloved monster of all time. 

 

Boris Karloff's sympathetic performance evokes fear while also breaking our hearts.  

 

This film made Karloff a huge star after years of working in film after film as an unknown actor.  

 

Frankenstein is nothing less than a classic!

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



OCTOBER 17 - 18 - 19
(Also see below for a special presentation on Sunday night)


Boris Karloff in

THE MUMMY

(1932)

   

 

 

The Mummy is one of the most beloved films from Universal's classic horror period.  

 

Much of its success can be credited to first-time director Karl Freund, who had been a prolific and talented cinematographer. 

 

Boris Karloff gives the film its resonance.  

 

Audiences in 1932 were frightened to death when Karloff opened his eyes for the first time.  

 

The Mummy is a true work of art that’s as much thriller and suspense as it is horror. 

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



• It's SCI-FI SUNDAY at OTMH •

SUNDAY OCTOBER 19


THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN

(1957)

   

 

Don’t let the name fool you… this is no hokey old sci-fi. 

 

Almost 60 years after it’s release, this film still packs a punch. 

 

With a smartly written screenplay by Richard Matheson (who wrote for The Twilight Zone with Rod Serling) and great direction by Jack Arnold, it’s easy to overlook the dated visual effects. 

 

Beneath the surface is a brilliant philosophical journey, with an ending that will surprise you. 

 

In the sea of 1950s science fiction films, this one is a must-see classic. 

 

 

 

 

Also on the same program:

FLASH GORDON, Episode 4:  Battling the Sea Beast


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE:  This show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and an episode of the classic serial FLASH GORDON.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.