Columbia River
Theatre Organ Society

3439 N.E. Sandy Blvd., #259
Portland, OR 97232

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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.

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CRTOS and the Hollywood Theatre present
"The Son of the Sheik"
With 2 silent short subjects from the Thanhouser collection:
"A Dog's Love" (1914)
"The Evidence of the Film" (1913)
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2:00 PM

Son of Sheik - 1926
Rudolph Valentino - Ahmed
Vilma Bánky - Yasmin
George Fawcett - Andre

In this visually intoxicating sequel to Rudolph Valentino's career-defining film The Sheik, the silent screen's greatest lover portrays a cultured yet untamed young man who is lured into a thieves' trap by a beautiful dancer, Yasmin played by Vilma Bánky.

After escaping, he kidnaps the damsel and holds her captive in his desert lair, dressing her in Arabian finery and threatening to unleash his violent passion upon her.

An advanced screening of The Son of the Sheik was shown at the Million Dollar Theater in Los Angeles on July 9, 1926. Valentino then embarked on a nationwide tour to promote the film. On August 15, he collapsed in his New York City hotel room and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors discovered he had a perforated ulcer which required emergency surgery. After the surgery, Valentino developed peritonitis and died on August 23, 1926.

Original score composed and performed by Donna Parker on the Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial Organ.