PROGRAM (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
"JACK FROST" -- the venerable ice-person becomes a child bear's buddy when CBear decides
to run away from home , finds too many adventures and Maestro Frost returns him safely to
home and bed .
“THE INSECTS' CHRISTMAS” (1913) 9” stop-motion animation in a 9” film, involves '
a Russian Father Christmas tree ornament coming to life, while a child dreams the'
sequences. The toy goes to the forest to spread Christmas cheer among creator
Starewicz's most beloved creatures, insects and frogs. Presents are given, and winter
sports like sledding, skating and skiing abound.
“THE CONQUEST OF THE NORTH POLE” (1912) 30" sci-fi/adventure by Georges Melies The film, loosely inspired by contemporary events and by JulesVerne's Voyages Extraordinaires, follows the comic misadventures of an international group of explorers on an expedition to the North Pole, here they encounter a man-eating frost giant and a dangerous magnetic needle. One of Méliès's last cinematic works, was released by Pathé Frères to critical acclaim in France and England, but was a box-office failure and contributed to Méliès's mounting financial difficulties.
It continues to be seen as one of his masterpieces and is
sometimes nominated as his greatest work. 30”
“BIG MOMENTS FROM LITTLE PICTURES” (1924) 20” Will Rogers lampoons famous silent film
actors! He introduces and concludes the film, then acts in different fake wesions of highlights
from famous movies of the day such as Douglas Fairbanks as Robin Hood, the bull-fighting
scene from Blood and Sand as well as a re-creation of a Keystone Cops short!
TILLIE'S PUNCTURED ROMANCE” (1914). 84" Tillie, a simple farm girl, is enticed to run away to thecity with her father’s money by Charlie(Chaplin) , a city slicker con man. In the city, Tillie’s money is taken by Charlie until he reads of her impending inheritance of her uncle’s three-million dollar estate. The film ” was the first feature-length c omedy film from Keystone Film Company and the Christie Film Company, produced in 1914. Directed by Mack Sennett, the film stars Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand, and Charlie Chaplin, as well as the Keystone Kops.
JIM FORD— Resident Master Theatre Organist brings his prodigious talents
to musically interpret the moods and emotions silently expressed by
the Actors . A pianist/organist/composer Ford, a native
Binghamtonian, is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam. He served as a
linguist in West Germany in the US Army and after composing the
score for the original musical comedy Jericho in Michigan in 1974
returned to his hometown and was one of the volunteers who assisted
in the restoration and installation of the 4/24 Robert Morton theatre
organ in The Forum. He has played original accompaniment for
several silent films on the Link organ at the Roberson Center and a
t The Forum (including the first-in-the-world accompaniment for
The Artist) and earlier this year for students at Bucknell University,
Lewisburg, PA, as well as for the “1914 Revue” at the Capitol Theatre
in Rome, New York.
BOX OFFICE AUDIENCE INFO
TICKETS available through www.BinghamtonTOS.org website or phone 607 722 0020 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM daily or 607 773 1495 11 AM to 11 PM daily. Adults $15; Member Adults $10; Families (up to 6 over 7 years - $30; Under 22, Vets , Students - $5; under 8 Free with adult.
BARREL$ OF BUCK$ RAFFLE DRAWING STARTS 12:06 pm (also on) Sunday Dec 28, 2014
Donors to the Fund Raising Raffle receive any number complimentary tickets to the MINI-FEST program if
pre-reserved on their Raffle Application and space available. Print application at the Society’s web-site www.BinghamtonTOS.org. If entering After December 23,2014- BRING application with $100 CASH to the Forum not later than 12:00 Noon on Sunday Dec 29th. Doors open at 11 AM
OUTLINE OF THE FORUM’S THEATER ORGAN’S HISTORY
The Forum’s Five keyboarded ( including 32 notes of pedal keys) Theatre Organ (originally called a “Unit Orchestra” was built in 1926 specifically to enable a Theatre Organist to create the sounds needed to imitate a pit orchestra which was not affordable in the majority of the movie theatres of the 1920’s. The instrument we have was designed originally for a Denver Theatre (the America) by the Robert-Morton Company of Los Angeles. It eventually found its way, in pieces, to Binghamton in the 1970’s where local engineer George Melnyk and a talented crew of volunteers made the organ look and sound new again. The Binghamton Theater Organ Society’s mission is to preserve the organ, keeping it working and used to show the incredible existing repertoire of Silent Films which started Hollywood’s road to current fame.