TOPEKA -- This Friday evening, you can watch the most famous silent film of its time, The Phantom of the Opera, starring “the man of a thousand faces,” Lon Chaney, and screen darling, Mary Philbin, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., at 7pm, Oct. 29.
The evening begins with two silent short films, Edison’s "Frankenstein," and Laurel and Hardy’s "Habeus Corpus." This marks the 13th year for Silents in the Cathedral, an event that brings 1920s cinema back from the dead. Muahahahaha!
Accompanying the films is live music played by Marvin Faulwell, theater organist, and Bob Keckeisen, percussionist. “Mistress of Ceremonies” Denise Morrison will provide interesting behind-the-scenes trivia and gossip about the stars in each film. Bill Shaffer, KTWU producer, premieres a long-lost introduction to "The Phantom of the Opera."
This event is free and open to the public. Costumes are optional. Parking is adjacent to the Cathedral at 701 Southwest 8th Avenue. Popcorn and bottled water will be sold as a fund raiser by the Cathedral’s youth group before the films and at intermission.
This program is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is a partnership program between the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and Grace Episcopal Cathedral.
For more information about this event, call 785 580-4510.