Avalon Silent Film Showcase: Opening Night

Kick off our annual Avalon Silent Film Showcase weekend in the museum's Ackerman Family Amphitheater on Friday, May 13th!

Woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, oboes and bassoons) and saxophones have been a mainstay of film soundtracks since their beginning, whether using a live orchestra or recordings.  Jay Mason, one of the Los Angeles area’s busiest saxophone and woodwind “doublers”, will discuss their use in motion pictures by performing a few examples, playing some example recordings, and discussing the process of recording soundtracks and how that craft has changed through the history of motion pictures. ( Jay will also be one of the accompanists for our feature event in the Avalon Casino Theatre on Saturday, May 14th at 1 pm.)

Following the woodwinds presentation, silent film historian and author John Bengtson will introduce and give a brief talk about Buster Keaton's 1924 comedy film Sherlock Jr. followed immediately by a screening of Sherlock Jr. with live improvised accompaniment by renown pianist and composer Michael Mortilla.

The evening also includes light appetizers (included with your ticket). A specialty cocktail, wine, beer and other refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the evening. 

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the presentation begins at 7:15 pm followed by the film at 8 pm. 

Tickets: Members $20, Non-Members $25, Children (ages 3-15) $5

Join us Saturday, May 14 in the Avalon Casino Theatre as well. Click here for tickets and info.

Date & Time

May 13, 2022 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


217 Metropole Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 View Map

Contact Information

Name: Kellie Costello

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