First up is 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the famous Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA. Yes, that is the theater where the 1958 hit movie The Blob was partially filmed. To benefit the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley, they will be showing five silent shorts accompanied by the newly renovated organ.
Later on in the summer, July 8 to 10, is this year's Blobfest. Come on out for your chance to run out of the theater screaming. After that show, you can drive out to the Downingtown Diner for some refreshments. That's where the Blob was fried. It's only about 15 miles away.
Then, on Saturday, May 14, 2011, come to Montgomery County Community College at 8:00 p.m. for the Betzwood Silent Film Festival. The Betzwood Studio was located near Norristown, PA, and the site of the interior studio and lab is about a mile from where I live now. It was a 350 acre ranch of early movie mogul Siegmund Lubin (1851 - 1923). Check my Blog label list on the right for more about Lubin and Betzwood.
This year will be a showing of westerns, accompanied by Don Kinnier on the organ. It's not a theater organ, but Don is incredibly talented at bringing silent films to life. Hosting the event, as always, is Lubin biographer, Joseph Eckhardt. Make sure you pick up his book, The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer Siegmund Lubin, and bring it along for an autograph.
I will be there once again. Look for me with my copy of his book! And this show is only eight bucks.