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

Winter 2016

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 January 20th with Fred Astaire & Debbie Reynolds and their 1952 classic film Singin' in the Rain

Our Silent program of three movie evenings–– celebrating the visual storytelling art of pioneering directors and stars––begins January 27th with three classic rare shorts featuring  Laurel & Hardy and Charley Chase  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:

7:00 pm
Singin’ in the Rain  (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952)

A sheer delight and a joyous celebration of movies, Singin’ in the Rain stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Conner, Jean Hagen, and Cyd Charisse.  It’s a “backstage” spoof about working in the Hollywood studios in the late 1920s, and the early, awkward sound recordings for “talking” films.  Full of comedy, energy, and song (such as “Make ‘em Laugh,” “You Were Meant for Me” and the title song), Singin’ in the Rain is the perfect tonic to drive away the Northwest winter blues.  In Technicolor.  103 minutes.

7:00 pm
The General  (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926)

When his beloved locomotive, “The General,” is stolen by Northern raiders, Confederate engineer Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton) takes another locomotive in hot pursuit in one of the greatest comedy chases in cinema history.  The film’s Civil War period background is so extensive and credible that Keaton virtually invented a new cinematic form:  the comic epic.  voted as one of the ten best movies ever made, The General was based on an actual account and was filmed on authentic narrow gauge railroad lines in Cottage Grove, Oregon.  107 minutes.

7:00 pm
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer, 1967)

A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé. The film contains a (then rare) positive representation of the controversial subject of interracial marriage, Featuring a stellar cast comprised of Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn . Hepburn won the Best Actress for her role in the film. This film is also notable for being the ninth and final on-screen pairing of Tracy and Hepburn, with filming ending just 17 days before Tracy's death. 108 minutes

7:00 pm
We Faw Down
Bromo and Juliet (1926)
The Lucky Dog (1919)

Three comedy shorts that showcase the talents of Laurel and Hardy. In We Faw Down Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy help out two ladies in distress - and their wife's catch them at it. Bromo and Juliet features Charley Chase playing the lead in a civic Shakespeare play -- with a snootfull! The Lucky Dog features Laurel and Hardy's first screen appearance together. All rare films and beautifully presented on the big screen. 69 minutes

7:00 pm
High Noon
(Fred Zinnemann, 1952)  

A Marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. Possibly the all-time best Western film ever made it stars Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly.  This taut, tightly-scripted, minimalist film tells the tale of a solitary, stoic, honor-bound marshal/hero, past his prime and already retired, who was left desolate and abandoned by the townspeople he had faithfully protected for many years. 85 minutes.

7:00 pm
The Tramp
(Charles Chaplin, 1915)
Cops (Edward Cline, 1922)
The Bank (Charles Chaplin, 1915)                        

The Tramp marked the beginning of "The Tramp" character most known today, even though Chaplin played the character in earlier films. This film marked the first departure from his more slapstick character in the earlier films, with a sad ending and showing he cared for others, rather than just himself.. Cops is a 1922 comedy about a young man (Buster Keaton) who accidentally gets on the bad side of the entire Los Angeles Police Department during a parade, and is chased all over town.  The Bank is a departure from the tramp character, as Chaplin plays a janitor at a bank who has a crush on a secretary and dreams that she has fallen in love with him.  69 minutes.

7:00 pm
Pillow Talk  (Michael Gordon, 1959)

The Rock Hudson-Doris Day series of films began with this romantic comedy about two strangers––a philanderer and a single woman––who share the same party phone line.  Contributing immensely to the film’s charm are first-rate supporting players Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter (Rear Window).  Day and Ritter received Oscar nominations, as did the art direction.  In color and widescreen.  102 minutes.

7:00 pm
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.  A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. This epic science fiction film was the highest grossing North American film in 1968. Nominated for 4 academy awards.  in Technicolor,160 minutes.

7:00 pm
Rear Window 
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

Rear Window is a comedy-thriller, and one of Hitchcock’s greatest films.  An injured, wheelchair-bound photographer (James Stewart), is hopelessly stuck in his upstairs NYC apartment, bored and becoming obsessed with spying on his neighbors across the courtyard.  His massage therapist (the indispensable Thelma Ritter) warns him about the sin of voyeurism, but he doesn’t listen.  Soon, he interprets events that he has seen as indications of murder, and he draws his glamorous girlfriend (Grace Kelly) into what becomes a very dangerous enterprise.  112 minutes.  Rated PG

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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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