CRTOS is dedicated to theatre organ preservation and promotion of this uniquely American instrument. We sponsor theatre organ concerts, silent films screenings, music workshops and theatre organ restoration projects in Oregon and Southern Washington. Click here for more information.
March is Women's History Month, and the Hollywood and CRTOS join a celebration of women who have shaped the film industry. In "Sparrows" Mary Pickford as Molly, the eldest child at a baby farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of. Molly leads her little flock of orphans out through the alligator-infested swamp.
Born in 1892, Mary Pickford was responsible for many film industry "firsts." She was the first actor to have complete control over her films - production, editing, writing, and occasionally directing. She was the first woman to receive top billing on theater marquees and the first actor to receive residuals from film distribution (previously, actors were paid a flat fee per performance). She co-founded of United Artists with Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., and D.W. Griffith, and was one of the founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Mary Pickford Foundation continues her legacy of philanthropy through film arching and preservation, as well as commissioning new scores for silent films.
Also screening is a Fleischer cartoon, "Puzzle” (1923).
Sparrows will be accompanied with an original score composed and performed by Dean Lemire on the Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial Organ.
Tickets: $12 General Admission; Student/Seniors $10
Pipe Organ Pictures Series
Each of these films presented as they were meant to be experienced - with live organ accompaniment! Every film in this series is complemented by an original score, created and performed live by a professional musician.
The Hollywood organ is dedicated to the memory of Beverly Ruth Nelson and is the result of a partnership between the Hollywood Theatre and the nonprofit Columbia River Theatre Organ Society. It is the only such instrument in a public theatre in Portland.
Live organ accompaniment provided by Dean Lemire on the Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial Organ.
Tickets are $12.00 at the door of the Hollywood Theatre.
The Hollywood is located at: 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212.
Free parking for theatre patrons at the Broadway Medical Parking lot (located behind the theatre) during the clinic's non-office hours.
The Hollywood MAX station is two blocks from the theatre.