Enjoy a unique evening of film and music accompaniment. Renowned organist Robert D. Salisbury will provide live music for classic silent movies.
The Sheik - 1921 - Drama - 1h 26m
Paris-educated Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Rudolph Valentino) provides brides for wealthy Arabs. The high-spirited Lady Diana Mayo (Agnes Ayres), learning that the sheik will be in the city of Biskra, Algeria, playfully decides to disguise herself as a dancing girl to become one of the prospective brides, yet is unable to go through with the deception -- much to Ahmed's amusement. Hearing that Diana will be touring the Sahara Desert, Ahmed abducts her, intending to make her fall in love with him.
One Week - 1920 - Comedy - 25m
Buster Keaton & his new bride receive a “build it yourself” house kit as a wedding gift that can be completed in one week.
Wrong Again - 1929 - Comedy - 20m
Laurel and Hardy - Among the horses stable hands Stanley and Oliver are tending is a thoroughbred named "Blue Boy." But when they overhear two men talking about a $5000 reward for the return of the stolen "Blue Boy," they miss the part about it being the painting, not the horse. They get the owner's address, though, and bring the horse along to claim the reward. They wonder at the rich man's instructions to put "Blue Boy" on the piano but, Oliver explains, "these millionaires are peculiar."
When: Thursday, February 23rd 7:30pm-9pm - "The Sheik" - 1921 - Drama - 1h 26m with Rudolph Valentino
Saturday, February 25th 12:30pm-2pm - "One Week" - 1920 - Comedy - 25m with Buster Keaton
"Wrong Again" - 1929 - Comedy - 20m with Laurel & Hardy
Price: $10 for Adults, $5 for Students
What About Bob?
Bob Salisbury first exhibited his interest in music at the age of 7 when he began piano lessons in Los Angeles. He moved on to organ lessons at the age of 10 and theatre organ at age 13, studying with Gaylord Carter, the world's greatest silent film organist at the time. This began a 45 year relationship as friend and instructor.
In his home town of Avalon, California on Catalina Island, Bob played the Page Theatre Pipe Organ on a nightly basis before the movie. He also played organ for all 3 churches on Catalina Island.
Bob and his wife Mary have now semi-retired to La Quinta, California. Bob continues to play silent movies and concerts and is organist/choir director for the Congregational United Church of the Desert in Palm Desert, California.
Bob feels that silent films are the basis for today's film industry and his mission is to teach the proper technique for silent film accompaniment so the films may be preserved and enjoyed by future audiences
Bob was honored by the American Theatre Organ Society with a national award at the convention in 2010.
His favorite program is always the one he does next!