“The Lost World” (1925)

Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional masterpiece, this film features pioneering stop motion special effects. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ! 

Due to his recent outlandish claims that dinosaurs still exist in the far reaches of the Amazon, explorer and professor Challenger is the laughing stock of the London press. Newspaper reporter Edward Malone learns that this claim originates from a diary given to him by fellow explorer Maple White’s daughter, Paula. Malone’s paper funds an expedition to rescue Maple White, who has been stranded at the top of a high plateau. Joined by renowned hunter John Roxton, among others, the group travels to South America, where they do indeed find a plateau inhabited by prehistoric creatures.

Directors: Harry O. Hoyt
Writers: Marion Fairfax
Starring: Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes
Duration: 106 min
Genre: Adventure, fantasy

“The Lodger” (1927)

Alfred Hitchcock’s third feature film marked the start of his distinct thriller style. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

A serial killer known only as “The Avenger” is on the loose in London, murdering unsuspecting blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting inquiring after a room to rent. The Buntings’ daughter is a blonde model and is dating one of the detectives assigned to the case, when the detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be The Avenger.

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Marie Belloc Lowndes, Eliot Stannard
Starring: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault
Duration: 68 min
Genre: Crime, drama, mystery

“The Beloved Rogue” (1927)

Starring John Barrymore, this film was lost for over 40 years until a copy was rediscovered in the late 1960s. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

In the 1400s, François Villon grows up to be a renowned French poet, patriot, and notorious mischief-maker. During the revels of All Fools Day, he insults Duke Charles of Burgundy, for which King Louis XI banishes François from Paris. In exile, François looks for ways to protect France from the Duke’s plots. When Charles plans to have one of his associates marry the king’s ward Charlotte, François successfully disrupts the engagement, but is henceforth sentenced to death. Ever the schemer, François finds a way to exploit Louis’s superstitious nature long enough to give him another chance to serve France, while simultaneously seeking Charlotte’s hand.

Directors: Alan Crosland
Writers: Paul Bern, George Marion Jr.
Starring: John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day
Duration: 99 min
Genre: Adventure, drama, history

“Battleship Potemkin” (1925)

A dramatized version of a 1905 mutiny at sea, this film experimented with the influence of propaganda on political thought. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

Based on historical events, a riot at the battleship Potemkin occurs in 1905 inspired by the ongoing revolution against the Russian imperialist government. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner spirals into a full-blown riot, pitting crewmen against officers. The sailors’ riot spills overboard and brings the revolution to their home port in Odessa.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Writers: Nina Agadzhanova
Starring: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov
Duration: 66 min
Genre: Drama, history

“The Woman Disputed” (1928)

In one of her final films, starlet Norma Talmadge dazzles as a woman who sacrifices love for justice. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

In 1914, a girl of the streets is befriended by two dashing young officers, one an Austrian and the other a Russian. When both men fall in love with her, she picks the Austrian. But as the war begins, her town is invaded by Russians, led by the charming-turned-vengeful officer, who takes her prisoner and threatens death if she won’t marry him.

Directors: Henry King, Sam Taylor
Writers: Denison Clift, C. Gardner Sullivan
Starring: Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland, Arnold Kent
Duration: 108 min
Genre: Drama, history

“The Big Parade” (1925)

An early cinematic depiction of war that influenced a number of subsequent films, including “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War I. His upbringing and way of life is challenged when he is sent to France, where he befriends two working-class soldiers. Along the way, he falls for a Frenchwoman, and is ultimately torn between duty and love.

Directors: King Vidor
Writers: Laurence Stallings, Harry Behn
Starring: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth
Duration: 151 min
Genre: Drama, romance, war