The Theatre is funded in part with a Facility Operating Grant from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax Funds


The Historic Elsinore Theatre and Willamette University


The Wednesday Film Series

Fall 2015

The Historic Elsinore Theatre, in partnership with  Willamette University Film Studies present a program of classic and silent movies.

Our Classic program of six acclaimed sound-era films begins September 16th with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers and their 1935 classic film Top Hat.

Our Silent program of three movie evenings–– celebrating the visual storytelling art of pioneering directors and stars––begins September 23rd with two classic shorts; Laurel & Hardy's Liberty (1929) and Harold Lloyd's Hot Water (1924).  The silent films are  presented with live accompaniment by Rick Parks at the “Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.”

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Historic Elsinore Theatre, and at all TicketsWest locations.  Phone 503.375.3574 for more information.  Box office and doors open at 6:15 pm, movies start at 7:00 pm. 

Series Sponsor:  Roth's Fresh Markets
Silent Film Organist - Rick Parks
Sustaining Partner: 
Allied Video Productions

Sponsored by:

October 14
7:00 pm

Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, USA, 1944)  118 m

Before leaving on his honeymoon with his new bride (Priscilla Lane), Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) discovers that his two dear, addled aunts have been secretly poisoning elderly men and then burying them in their Brooklyn basement.  That’s only the beginning of the madness and criminality that turns up under the placid, old lace surface of things. 118 minutes.

October 21
7:00 pm

Balloonatic (Edward F. Cline, 1923)
Work  (Charles Chaplin, USA, 1915)
Haunted Spooks (Alfred J. Goulding, Hal Roach, USA, 1920)

In The Balloonatic, a misadventure with a hot air balloon takes Buster Keaton far from the city into the wilderness, where he encounters nature, wild bears, and––of all things––the self-sufficient, autonomous Modern Woman.  Charlie Chaplin plays a wallpaper hanger in Work, who causes plenty of trouble in a home that has enough problems to begin with. Harold Lloyd’s new wife, in Haunted Spooks, comes with a haunted house she hopes to inherit—if they can stay the night. 83 minutes.

November 4
7:00 pm

Desk Set (Walter Lang, 1957)

Desk Set was the 8th big-screen pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn but it was their first color movie and first cinemascope production.  Two strong personalities clash over the computerization of a TV network's research department in this classic romantic comedy. 103 minutes.

November 11
7:00 pm

Charade  (Stanley Donen, USA, 1963)

Regina Lampert’s (Audrey Hepburn) serene Parisian lifestyle is shattered when she is menaced by thugs (James Coburn, George Kennedy) demanding a mysterious WWII treasure supposedly acquired by her late husband. Can she trust the charming stranger, Peter Joshua (Cary Grant), who mysteriously comes to her aid?  Technicolor.  114 minutes.

November 18
7:00 pm

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  (George Roy Hill, USA, 1969)

Paul Newman and Robert Redford team up for this true story of fast-draws and wild rides, battles with posses, train and bank robberies, a torrid love affair and a new lease on outlaw life in far away Bolivia. Winner of 4 Academy Awards. 110 minutes.

Historic Elsinore Theatre
170 High St SE, Salem OR 97301

All films at the Historic Elsinore Theatre. Doors open at 6:15 pm, movies begin at 7:00 pm.

Films subject to change.


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