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Silent Film Series at The Hollywood Theatre
Wild applause from the was heard from a big crowd at the finale of our most recent series at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland. Three silent films, "The Navigator", "The Goat", and "Cops", were shown November 29, with Dean Lemire's musical accompaniment played on our Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial Theatre Organ. Audiences have been growing as the Society's partnership with the 1926 theatre has presented classic silent films as they were seen and heard when the movie palace opened.
The organ, built by volunteer members, is designed for a mixture of pipe and sampled sounds, and plays from the theatre's original pipe chambers. It is the only such instrument in a Portland movie theatre.
More silent shows are planned for the Spring of 2015.