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 Chemeketa Community College

The Wednesday Evening Film Series

The Historic Elsinore Theatre, in partnership with the Chemeketa Community College Humanities Department & Film Studies Program, presents a program of classic movies.

Our fall 2014 series of nine presentations begins September 24th with Leo McCarey’s screwball comedy masterpiece, The Awful Truth.  It’s the first of three delightful films about characters whose happiness and personal identity are challenged in a great city –– Manhattan, Paris, and Florence.  The Silent Program will offer three movie evenings, beginning October 1st with four short films featuring comedian Harold Lloyd.  And, beginning with Rebecca on November 5, we’ll be presenting a mini-festival of three Alfred Hitchcock movies in three weeks.

Program notes offering commentary are provided only at our six Classic Program screenings.  Silent Program presentations feature digitally restored prints whenever possible and live musical accompaniment by Rick Parks on the “Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.”

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

Series Coordinator:  Robert Bibler, Chemeketa CC Film Studies Program.
Silent Film Organist:  Rick Parks.
Sustaining Partner: 
Allied Video Productions  

Masters of the Silent Screen.  Restored films with live organ accompaniment

October 29
7:00 pm
 (F.W. Murnau, Germany, 1922)

The first film version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu is a horror film landmark and one of the masterpieces of silent cinema.  Max Schreck plays the deathly, rat-like vampire, moving his collection of coffins from one harbor to another like a spreading plague.  (Shadow of the Vampire in 2000, with Willem Dafoe, depicted some of the legends surrounding the making of this famous film, and Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu was a faithful color 1979 remake, but this is the original.)  Directed by F.W. Murnau (Sunrise).  We will be showing a beautiful restoration mastered from an original color-tinted 35mm negative preserved by the Murnau estate.  94 minutes.

"A concentrated essay in horror fantasy, full of weird effects….  This important film of the vampire genre has more spectral atmosphere, more ingenuity, and more imaginative ghoulish ghastliness than any of its successors….  Murnau concentrates on scenes of suggestive and horrible beauty…"  –– Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

"Brilliantly eerie." ––Leonard Maltin

Sin and Dread:  Alfred Hitchcock

"Hitchcock continues to draw crowds generation after generation.  His films have achieved something better than timelessness;  the older they get, the more astutely they function as social critiques.  … Long after we know who did what to whom, we return repeatedly for the nuance, the humor, the stylishness, the daring, the frisson, and the sex, which is invariably delayed, frustrated, or undermined with perversity."  ––Gary Giddins, Warning Shadows

November 5
7:00 pm
  (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1940)

In an Oscar-nominated performance, Joan Fontaine plays a shy, innocent young American who meets and quickly marries a wealthy, sophisticated Englishman (Sir Lawrence Olivier), only to find that his huge gothic residence is haunted by the memory of his deceased former wife, Rebecca.  An imperious, near-demonic housekeeper (Judith Anderson) administers the mansion in accordance with the wishes of the late Rebecca, as suspicious circumstances surrounding her death begin to surface.  A superb atmospheric mystery thriller, produced by David O. Selznick (Gone With the Wind), that swept the Academy Awards categories with an astonishing eleven Oscar nominations.  It won two, for Best Picture and Best Cinematography.  A masterpiece, and a veritable fountainhead of Hitchcockian themes and images that figure prominently in movies to come, such as Vertigo, Spellbound, and Psycho.  With George Sanders.  130 minutes.

"Hitchcock's first American film is a sumptuous Selznick production of Daphne du Maurier novel…. Stunning performances by Fontaine and Anderson; haunting score by Franz Waxman." ––Leonard Maltin

"A gripping blend of detective story, Gothic romance, and psychological drama… Riveting."  ––Time Out

November 12
7:00 pm
Dial M For Murder
  (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954)

Based on the hit stage play by Fredrick Knott and presented on the 60th anniversary of its release, Dial M for Murder represents the first of three movies the extraordinary Grace Kelly made with Hitchcock.  A husband (Ray Milland) plots the murder of his wealthy wife (Grace Kelly) after she begins an affair with an American writer (Robert Cummings), leading to a police detective’s (John Williams) penetrating investigation.  By compressing the film’s action to a single apartment set (as he would subsequently do in Rear Window), Hitchcock retained the suspense that made the stage play such a hit.  He then amplified the intrigue with his mastery of point-of-view framing and cinema vocabulary.  Shot in 3-D, but released flat (as we will present it).  Restored, and in color.  105 minutes.

"Hitchcock himself dismissed 3-D …, but that didn’t stop him having some fun with it.…  The London-set story…remains one of Hitch’s most absorbingly airtight:  its trick is to generate considerable suspense while withholding nothing from the audience.  Its pleasures are not profound ones, but there’s enough dimensionality up on the screen to compensate.  Hitchcock’s 3-D thriller still grips."  ––Time Out

November 19
7:00 pm
Shadow of a Doubt
 (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1943)

A major masterpiece and Hitchcock’s personal favorite among his films.  It is 1943, and the world is at war.  Charlotte, a bored teenage girl (Teresa Wright) living in small town, wishes her distant uncle would “come and shake us all up.”  And Uncle Charlie mysteriously arrives.  Young “Charlie” is quite attracted to her debonair namesake, but as he occupies her room, her home, and blends effortlessly into her family and community, she becomes aware of a chasm of darkness within him.  As Hitchcock’s first full-blown portrait of a psychopathic personality, Uncle Charlie (masterfully played by Joseph Cotton) represents a capacity for evil that the young woman must come to acknowledge –– within herself and her world. Rich characters and wonderful texture of small town life thanks in part to the screenplay contribution of Thornton Wilder’s (Our Town).  108 minutes.

"Not only psychologically intriguing, but a sharp dissection of middle American life, in its own quiet way an ancestor of Blue Velvet.  Funny, gripping, and expertly shot by Joe Valentine." ––Time Out Film Guide

The Film Studies program at Chemeketa Community College offers courses in film appreciation.  See the College website www.chemeketa.edu for further information.

Historic Elsinore Theatre
170 High St SE, Salem OR 97301  

All films at the Historic Elsinore Theatre.  Box office and doors open at 6:15 pm, movies begin at 7 pm.

Films subject to change.


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