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The Phantom of the Opera with Live Score Performance Part of the Ghoulish Feature Fest
Decades later, it still retains its ability to scare — and Lon Chaney’s performance remains one of the benchmarks of the horror genre. You won’t want to miss this iconic horror piece with a live scored performed by Chicago’s foremost photoplay organist Jay Warren–a first for the John & Nancy Hughes Theater!
GHOULISH FEATURES Fest presents
In this silent horror classic, aspiring young opera singer Christine Daaé discovers that she has a mysterious admirer intent on helping her become a lead performer. This enigmatic masked presence is Erik, also known as the Phantom, a horribly disfigured recluse who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. When the Phantom takes Christine prisoner and demands her devotion and affection, her suitor, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny , sets out to rescue her. Lon Chaney stars as Erik, the Phantom, in what is probably his most famous and certainly his most horrifying role. Produced by Universal, Phantom was both the stepping off point for Chaney’s run as a superstar at MGM and the prototype for the horror film cycle at Universal in the 1930s.
Directed by John McTiernan. Starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin and Norman Kerry.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to start
Drinks & concessions available for purchase
ABOUT JAY WARREN
Jay Warren – Chicago’s foremost photoplay organist – brings all the color, excitement, and glamour of the silent film era back to life with his original scores for the silver screen. As a regularly featured photoplay organist for the Silent Film Society of Chicago, he has accompanied most of the great silent films throughout his forty year career in his famous rousing style. He has been featured annually for the society’s highly regarded Silent Summer Film Festival since its inception in 2000. For twelve consecutive years he held forth playing the huge E.M. Skinner pipe organ for silent films at the University of Chicago’s famed Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. He also performs film accompaniment on the beautiful Letourneau pipe organ in the Crimi Auditorium of Aurora University. Jay has also made several silent film photoplay appearances on the incredible 5 manual Wurlitzer located at the Sanfilippo Foundation’s Place de la Musique in Barrington, Illinois.
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