The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) with Live Theatre OrganThe Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley Presents
Photo ID, AND proof of full vaccination OR negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event required for entrance. Masks encouraged but not required.
The Colonial lobby will be transformed into something out of a medieval village with artisans and other characters direct from the 15th century, courtesy of the Society of Creative Anachronism’s Shire of Hartshorn-Dale. Come early to get a taste of life during Quasimodo’s time, and before the film begins enjoy a short pre-film demonstration of dancing and combat right on the stage of the Colonial. Come time travel at the Colonial, where on May 15th the “new media” of the day will be a silent film. The preshow entertainment begins at 1:30 PM.
See the film that turned Lon Chaney into a star. Set in 15th century Paris, this 1923 silent classic set the standard for horror films. Chaney’s tortured performance and complex makeup would influence generations of actors and directors. Join us for a very special presentation with live theatre organ accompaniment by Brett Miller that will make you feel like you are in the famed church with Quasimodo, Esmerelda, and the evil Jehan for an experience that you won’t forget – and one that can’t be found in most movie theaters.
Brett Miller was a finalist in the American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Organist Competition and has been performing across the country over the last decade, specializing in the art of silent film accompaniment. He is an active advocate for the education of the presentation of silent films and performing the scores to them “live to picture”. He has been featured with the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic at the Trenton War Memorial, and opened for a sold-out appearance by George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones. Brett was also featured on the PBS Channel’s State of the Arts and in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “We The People” for organ accompaniment and his advocacy for the preservation of silent films. He and his brother founded musicalpromise.org, a musical initiative that helps fund the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This philanthropic work earned Brett a White House Student Film Festival honorable mention. Brett is currently an undergraduate student at the Eastman School of Music. As a child, Brett was involved in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra along with many school-related musical organizations. Brett continues to be involved in various organizations including Empire Film and Media Ensemble; the Garden State Theatre Organ Society; the Rochester Theatre Organ Society; the American Theatre Organ Society; and the Historic Pipe Organs at Boardwalk Hall.
There is plenty of parking near the theatre, and it’s free on Sundays!
ABOUT THE FILM
In 15th-century Paris, Jehan (Brandon Hurst), the evil brother of the archdeacon, lusts after a Gypsy named Esmeralda (Patsy Ruth Miller), commanding the hunchback Quasimodo (Lon Chaney) to capture her. Military captain Phoebus (Norman Kerry) also loves Esmeralda and rescues her. Her empathy for Quasimodo leads to an unlikely bond, and after vengeful Jehan frames Esmeralda for the attempted murder of Phoebus, Quasimodo’s feelings are put to the test.
General admission seating. Ticket prices include a $2.00 per ticket Processing Fee. Tickets are available with cash, check, or credit card at the Colonial Theatre Box Office, or online.