Relive the 1920S at The Strand With the Greatest Silent Films on the Silver Screen
Marietta, Ga. (March 18, 2011) - Earl Smith Strand Theatre patrons will step back in time to relive the 1920s with a movie series featuring the very best of the silent era. In the early days of cinema, going to the movies was a way to experience escapism from reality and to daydream about other worlds.
"The common man would enter the theatre palace of splendor, be ushered to a cushioned seat by an usher with military bearing, and feel like royalty," said Ron Carter, Strand board member, Strand organist, and active member of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.
Patrons will also feel like royalty when they first enter the lobby with beautiful plastered walls, an antique chandelier, and gold leaf designs on the walls. Movie goers enter the auditorium through copper palatial doors, enjoying hand-painted end standards on plush theatre seats, golden columns, and a historic proscenium arch above the movie screen. And nothing quite compares to a live soundtrack by Ron Carter on The Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. The Strand is one of only four historic theatres in the state of Georgia with the ability to showcase silent films with live organ accompaniment. Another feature that makes seeing a movie at The Strand a unique experience is concessions! Not only can patrons enjoy the more traditional snacks of popcorn, candy, and Coca-Cola during the show, but a wine, beer, or mixed drink makes the experience feel a little more special than it does in a traditional movie theater:
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (Not Rated). Sunday, April 3, 2011, 3 p.m. With live accompaniment by Ron Carter on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. A rebellious Israelite prince out for vengeance crosses paths with the Messiah in this full length 1925 silent film epic starring Ramón Navarro as Juda Ben Hur and Francis X. Bushman as Messala. Based on General Lew Wallace’s 1880 historical novel, the story of a first-century Jewish prince’s changing fortunes and rivalry with a childhood friend turned enemy is told at an epic scale and cost -- the equivalent of 300 million dollars today. A classic tale of betrayal and revenge, Ben Hur's epic tale is brought to life on the big screen. Live organ pops variety show and sing-along at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children, students, and seniors.
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Not Rated). Sunday, May 15, 2011, 3 p.m. With live accompaniment by Ron Carter on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. In this 1927 morality fable subtitled A Song of Two Humans, the "evil" temptress, a city woman, bewitches farmer Anses and convinces him to murder his neglected wife, Indre. One of the last silent films of the era, Sunrise is an Academy Award winning film considered the Citizen Kane of American silent cinema. Live organ pops variety show and sing-along at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children, students, and seniors.
Flesh and the Devil (Not Rated). Sunday, August 28, 2011, 3 p.m. With live accompaniment by Ron Carter on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. Two lifelong friends Leo (John Gilbert) and Ulrich (Lars Hanson) have their friendship tested by the irresistible vixen Felicitas (Greta Garbo) in this 1926 silent film. A breathtaking romance fraught with passion and betrayal, Flesh and the Devil is a dramatic gem of the silent era starring Greta Garbo in her first American appearance. Live organ pops variety show and sing-along at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children, students, and seniors.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Not Rated). Sunday, October 30, 2011, 3 p.m. With live accompaniment by Ron Carter on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself in this silent thriller. This 1920 film starring John Barrymore thrills as it explores the duality of man in a chilling tale that delves into science and morality, creating a lasting tribute to the Robert Louis Stevenson story. Live organ pops variety show and sing-along at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children, students, and seniors.
The historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre is a multi-use performing arts and events facility. The theatre is governed by the Friends of The Strand, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and depends on the financial support of private and corporate donors. It is The Strand's mission to serve the community with cultural entertainment for a diverse audience and to promote economic health in the City of Marietta and Cobb County. For more information or tickets, visit www.EarlSmithStrand.org or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM; 1 PM to 4 PM; and two hours before the show.