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Silent Films at Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades, August 10 and 24

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is sponsoring a "Silent Salon" at the sumptuous Villa Aurora, now an artists' residence, in Pacific Palisades. The films will be accompanied on the Villa's monumental pipe organ.  Here's what's coming up in August:

Saturday, August 10
“Young Mr. Jazz” (1919), “The Big Idea” (1918), “Never Weaken” (1921) and “Number, Please?” (1920). Running time: 70 min.
Four films starring ingenious comedian Harold Lloyd, an icon of the silent film era. Live accompaniment by organ artist Christoph Bull.

Saturday, August 24 at 8:30 p.m.
“Mabel’s Married Life,” “The Rounders,” “The Masquerader” and “Dough and Dynamite.” Running time: 69 min.
Four early Keystone films starring Charles Chaplin. Made in 1914, at the beginning of the legendary comedian’s career, all four were either directed or co-directed by him. Live accompaniment by Dean Mora on organ.

For more information, visit www.villa-aurora.org. Also see pages about the August 10 and August 24 screenings.


Here we see Harold Lloyd, perched for a publicity shot for the 1921 film "Never Weaken." He's on an unfinished building at 7th and Hill Streets. Behind him is the also unfinished Loew's State Theatre at 7th & Broadway.  The film also utilized other downtown locations. See our web pages for more on the State Theatre.

The AMPAS website has a page on the Silent Salon programs and they note: "For the first time, the Villa gardens will be open for film fans to come early to picnic, watch the sunset and settle in for a program of silent films featuring some of Hollywood's top silent-era comedians, with live organ accompaniment. The grounds open at 6:30 p.m., with each program beginning at 8:30 p.m." Tickets will be $15.00.

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