Friday, February 24, 2012

Silent Film Fest in the news

Silent film and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival were featured this week on ABC Chanel 7.

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    Sunday, March 4, 2012 Doors open at 6:45pm
    Show starts at 7:00

    The Balboa Theatre will celebrate its 86th Birthday on Sunday, March 4. Presented in association with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, a night at the movies circa 1926 will be the order of the day.

    Inspired by Martin Scorsese and Brian Selznick’s HUGO, the evening’s feature film will be Harold Lloyd’s silent classic SAFETY LAST with a 35mm print directly from his granddaughter Suzanne.

    It will be accompanied with an original score by pianist extraordinaire Frederick Hodges , preceded by a program of short subjects including films by George Melies (HUGO again).

    There will also be a live vaudeville show featuring George Melies himself performing some of his famous magic effects on our stage. Songstress Linda Kosut will sing songs her mother sang.

    Author John Bengtson will offer an illustrated lecture exploring the locations Harold Lloyd used to make SAFETY LAST. Bengston will sign copies of his newest book, Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York through the Films of Harold Lloyd,

    Everybody will get birthday prizes and the evening will conclude with a special birthday cake created by The Cake Lady, Diane Boate, served with liquid libations.

    Audience members are encouraged to dress in their best jazz age clothing as we recreate a night at the movies in 1926. Vintage cars will be in front of the Balboa.

    Advance tickets are on sale at the Balboa and online at

    The Balboa Theatre is located at 3630 Balboa Street (@37th Avenue) in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

    For more information go to