news: MoMA to add theatre organ to its silent film accompaniments
This Friday and Saturday (today) I accompanied Hitchcock's Blackmail and the Italian 1914 epic Cabiria with the Miditzer, and the response has been fantastic. I'm not saying this to toot my own (post-)horn, but out of excitement that silent film fans in NYC are finally getting to hear a theatre organ for accompaniment on a regular basis, something that ceased in the late 1980s. I hope this helps lead to an interest in bringing a real theatre organ back to NYC and to regular use (like at the Beacon Theater on B'way and 74th).
Tomorrow am playing at the annual street fair in Mamaroneck, where DW Griffith had studios and where I grew up. The town's original 1926 movie theater is in the middle of the fair, and while it was cut up and plattered several years ago, its owners (Clearview Cinemas) give over one of the four screens each year on the day of the fest and I show silent comedy shorts. I got tour of the theater the first year we did this, in 2004, by Joe Masher who was at the time the regional manager for Clearview, and also involved with the Theater Historical Society. The Mamaroneck Playhouse's original orchestra pit, dressing rooms, manager's office et al are still intact.
Only a couple shows this week, and then almost daily from June 10 to 19...