Free Silent Film Screening- 1928’s Ramona & Discussion

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Ramona at the San Gabriel Mission PlayhouseCome to the Mission Playhouse for a free silent film screening of the 1928 classic Ramona, directed by Edwin Carewe starring Dolores del Rio & Warner Baxter.

Ramona will be accompanied by theatre organist Bob Salisbury, who’ll be playing our Mighty 1924 Wurlitzer pipe organ!

Stay after the showing for a discussion with historians Dydia DeLyser and Phil Brigandi who were involved in finding and restoring the film. Ramona was considered lost until a copy of the film was found in the Czech Republic in 2010.

Dydia DeLyser is author of Ramona Memories: Tourism and the Shaping of Southern California (University of Minnesota Press, 2005) and a number of articles about the influence of the novel Ramona and its offshoots (from films to souvenirs) on our region. A historical geographer, she teaches at California State University, Fullerton.

Phil Brigandi is a longtime Ramona scholar and former historian for the Ramona Pageant in Hemet. He is the author of three books and dozens of articles on the history of the Ramona Pageant and the background of the Ramona story. His next book, A Call for Reform, The Southern California Indian Writings of Helen Hunt Jackson (edited with Valerie Sherer Mathes) will be published by the University of Oklahoma Press this fall.

This event is part of the Mission Playhouse’s Community Engagement Program, “Engage.”

Presented by the Mission Playhouse, Native Sons of the Golden West- Ramona Parlor, Ramona Museum of California History, the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society, and Rancho Camulos Museum & National Historic Landmark.