Silent Film Series

The Weinberg Center for the Arts is proud to continue our tradition of showcasing classic silent films accompanied by our mighty Wurlitzer organ — the only theater organ in Maryland still in its original installation.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
Monday, October 31, 2016 | 7:00pmRotator_Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Celebrate Halloween with a pre-show costume contest!

Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson story: Dr. Henry Jekyll’s enthusiasm for science and his selfless acts of service have made him a much-admired man. But as he visits Sir George Carew one evening, his host criticizes him for his reluctance to experiment with the more sensual side of life. After visiting a music hall, Jekyll becomes fascinated with the two contrasting sides of human nature and is obsessed with the idea of separating them. After extensive work in his laboratory, he devises a formula that allows him to alternate between two completely different personalities: his own, and that of a brutish, lascivious person whom he names Hyde. It is not long before the personality of Hyde begins to dominate Jekyll’s affairs.

Our Hospitality (1923)
Saturday, November 26, 2016 | 7:30pmRotator_Our Hospitality

After her husband John McKay is killed in a feud with the Canfield family, a woman takes baby boy Willie to her sister’s house in New York hoping he will never know of the feud with the Canfields. Twenty years later, Willie is a grown man and he receives a letter saying he has inherited his father’s estate and must travel to his family home to take possession. On the way there, he meets a beautiful young woman and falls in love, only to learn that she’s a Canfield. He accepts her invitation to dine with her family, and quickly realizes that the Canfield men will not kill him while he’s in their home. His plan to stay there as a permanent guest is short-lived and the Canfields are soon after him.

The Strong Man (1926)
Friday, December 23, 2016 | 7:30pm
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Celebrate the 90th anniversary of our landmark theater with the film that screened on the Tivoli’s opening night.

A meek Belgian soldier fighting in World War I receives letters and a photo from “Mary Brown”, an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her, even though there’s long distance to contend with. After the war ends, the young Belgian journeys to America as assistant to a theatrical “strong man”, Zandow the Great. While in America, he searches for Mary Brown… and he finds her, just as word comes that Zandow is incapacitated and the little nebbish must go on stage in his place.

The Iron Mask (1929)
Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 7:30pmRotator_The Iron Mask

King Louis XIII of France is thrilled that his wife has bore a son – an heir to the throne. But when the she delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for revolution. He sends the twin to Spain to be raised in secret, to ensure a peaceful future for France. Alas, keeping the secret means sending Constance, lover of D’Artagnan, off to a convent. D’Artagnan hears of this and rallies the three Musketeers in a bid to rescue her. Unfortunately, Richelieu outsmarts the Musketeers and banishes them forever, and enlists D’Artagnan to look after the young prince. Meanwhile, de Rochefort learns of the twins and Richelieu’s plans, and kidnaps the twin, raising him in secret. Many years later, with Richelieu dead and the young prince crowned King Louis XIV, Rochefort kidnaps the current king and places his twin on the throne. The former king is forced to wear an iron mask so as not to be recognized, and is held prisoner in a castle. D’Artagnan realizes that only his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis can help him derail Rochefort’s nefarious plot, but it comes at a price.

It (1927)
Saturday, February 11, 2017 | 7:30pmRotator_It

At Waltham’s department store, lowly salesgirl Betty Lou swoons over Cyrus Waltham Jr., handsome playboy son of the owner. To her disappointment, Waltham doesn’t even know Betty Lou is alive. Luckily, Betty’s got plenty of “it”, or sex appeal. All she needs to do is attract his attention. She accepts a date with Waltham’s best friend Monty with the condition that go to the Ritz, where Waltham also has a date. Her plan works and in no time, she and Waltham are contemplating marriage. Their romance cools when a newspaper reporter mistakenly writes a story that casts Lou in an undesirable light.

The Freshman (1925)
Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 7:30pmRotator_The Freshman

Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and giving himself a special nickname, adapted from a movie he saw. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule, unfortunately exacerbated by his special nickname. With the help of his friend Peggy, who is in love with him, he changes his tune about school popularity and begins to focus on more important aspects of his college career.