Silent Sundays at the Playhouse continue October 15th at 2:30pm with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) starring ‘The Man of a Thousand Faces,’ Lon Chaney. “Talented and ambitious, he fearlessly took on roles of tortured victims, twisted villains, and misshapen outcasts, parts that he brought to life with a mix of elaborate makeup, physically demanding incarnations, and emotionally intense performances.” (tcm.com)
Set in 15th century Paris during the reign of King Louis XI, Chaney plays Quasimodo, the disfigured bell ringer of Notre Dame. He lives in the cathedral, away from society who has treated him as an outcast.
When Esmeralda, the daughter of Chopin (the anti-aristocratic ‘King of the Beggars’), shows Quasimodo some kindness, he protects her at all costs at her most dire time of need.
Universal spared no expense, spending over $1 million on the film, which is evident in the magnificent sets. “The set of the cathedral is really marvelous….if there were nothing else to see in this film it would be worth while to gaze upon the faithful copy of Notre Dame.” (New York Times)
Accompanying the film on our Mighty Wurlitzer theater pipe organ is Mark Herman. An American Theatre Organ Society Organist of the Year, Mr. Herman tours throughout the country and has performed abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Our 2023 series concludes with The Kid Brother starring comic great Harold Lloyd (1927) on November 12th.
Tickets are $12.
There are 2 ways to purchase your tickets:
1) Visit the Playhouse Box Office Thursdays from 3:00pm-7:00pm or day of show starting at 1:30pm.
2) Visit ticketmaster.com (**online orders are subject to additional service & processing fees**)
Special thanks to the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society!