SHADOWLAND STAGES is once again presenting it’s love letter to the community in the form of showcasing classic films at an affordable price this spring with our 2022 series, Shadowland Studio Cinema.
The Studio provides an intimate setting for taking in these classic films on a big screen over four Sunday matinees at 2pm, March through May.
Each of the presentations will run approximately two hours and include a short subject from the same period as the showcase feature. Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors, and $10 for kids under 18, and may be purchased in advance by clicking the button below, or at the door.
Sunday, March 27th – 2pm
HIS GIRL FRIDAY
The series will open on Sunday, March 27th at 2:00pm, with Howard Hawks’ HIS GIRL FRIDAY, the 1940 adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s stage perennial THE FRONT PAGE. Starring Cary Grant,
Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy and a supporting cast of comedy stalwarts, HIS GIRL FRIDAY is a lightning-paced satire of the newspaper game and is a harbinger of the cynicism that some ascribe to
the current state of journalism. THE FRONT PAGE was produced five times on Broadway and saw three screen adaptations.
Sunday, April 10th – 2pm
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Shadowland Studio Cinema will continue on Sunday, April 10th at 2:00pm, with the first public performance of a new reconstruction of the silent film classic THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Starring Lon Chaney,
Mary Philbin and Norman Kerry, the film is based on Gaston Leroux’ 1910 novel. The film was originally released in 1925 and was rereleased in both silent and adapted-sound versions in 1930. The SHADOWLAND presentation is the first reconstruction of the original 1925 version using the best surviving elements from both releases, including the Bal Masque sequence originally photographed in 2-strip Technicolor. The musical score prepared especially for this reconstruction features music originally composed by Frank Skinner and Hans J. Salter for Universal’s classic horror films, as well as music from Gounoud’s Faust. SHADOWLAND board member Ray Faiola, who has assembled the Shadowland Studio Cinema series and produced the PHANTOM reconstruction, will be on hand for a Q&A period after the feature.
Sunday, April 24th – 2pm
THINGS TO COME
On Sunday, April 24th at 2:00pm the SHADOWLAND will present H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic THINGS TO COME. Produced by Alexander Korda in 1936 and directed by William Cameron Menzies, THINGS TO COME stars Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson and Cedric Hardwicke in a century-spanning epic about the fall and rise of civilization in the face of seemingly endless wars, famine and ultimately the quest to conquer space. In addition to the technical marvels achieved only a few years after the dawn of talking pictures, THINGS TO COME features a stirring musical score by Arthur Bliss.
Sunday, May 1st – 2pm
SALT OF THE EARTH
The last film in the series, presented on May Day (Sunday, May 1st at 2:00pm) will be SALT OF THE EARTH – a 1954 independent drama produced and directed by Herbert Biberman (one of the ten Hollywood professionals sent to prison on charges of contempt of Congress before the House Sub-Committee on UnAmerican Activities). The film, starring Will Geer, deals with the struggle of immigrant miners and their quest for equity and parity with Anglo workers. Added to the National Film Registry in 1992, SALT OF THE EARTH was condemned at the time of its release by the United States House of Representatives for its communist sympathies.