DECEMBER 19 - 20 - 21

• Our Annual Holiday Event •

A Collection of Classic Christmas Comedies and SCROOGE  (1922)

CHRISTMAS AT OLD TOWN MUSIC HALL

 

 

Sit back and enjoy the best of Holiday Music played by Bill Field on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ.  

 

Watch classic comedy shorts, and sing along your favorite Christmas carols. 

 

Then enjoy Scrooge, a rarely seen 1922 silent version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 

 

Our annual Christmas program is always a beautiful and memorable time for the whole family. 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



DECEMBER 31

NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION!

Show Begins at 8:30pm - til Midnight

 

    

 

 

An Old Town Music Hall tradition!

 

Ring in 2015 with the Mighty Wurlitzer and join us in welcoming our 47th year! 

 

Lots of music, great performers, an selection of classic shorts and a surprise feature film. 

 

We’ll have complimentary light refreshments and sparkling apple cider. 

 

This is one of our most popular special events of the year!   Reservations are required.  


Show Begins at 8:30 PM
All Seats: $20.00 (cash or check only)

Reservations are necessary.  Please call the theater to reserve seats: 310-322-2592.  If you receive our recorded message, you may leave your name, phone number, and the number of people in your party and we will reserve the best available seats for you.  Your tickets may be picked up and paid for on the night of the performance.  Doors open 30-minutes before show time.

 

 

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



JANUARY 2 - 3 - 4

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

FLYING DOWN TO RIO

(1933)

    

 

Originally, Flying Down to Rio was conceived by RKO as a vehicle for actress Dolores del Rio. However the film is is most notable for its star-making pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

 

The two relative unknowns heated up the screen in a dance number called "The Carioca".  It generated such a positive response from critics and fans that they were eventually reunited in nine subsequent films. 

 

This one is a long-time favorite at Old Town Music Hall. 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



JANUARY 9 - 10 - 11

The Marx Brothers

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

(1935)

    

 

A NIght at the Opera is nothing less than a great American comedy classic.  Groucho Marx considered this one his favorite of all his films. 

 

The one-liners come so fast, you keep thinking you'll remember them, but each one is funnier than the next.  

 

In this film, the Marx Brothers make fun of the high society.  They step into the world of opera, and there's stopoing them!  The opera scene is of course one of the great moments in film history.

 

Cinema farce doesn't get any better than this!


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



JANUARY 16 - 17 - 18

Kim Novak, Tyrone Power

THE EDDY DUCHIN STORY

(1956)

    

 

This 1956 biopic film of band leader and pianist Eddy Duchin received an Academy Award nomination for cinematography and the film received four nominations.

 

It was one of the highest-grossing films of 1956. Both Joan Fontaine and Eva Marie Saint were tested for the lead role of Marjorie but director George Sidney preferred the younger Kim Novak. 

 

The film’s emotional punch makes it tough to hold back the tears, so we suggest you don’t even try. 

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



JANUARY 23 - 24 - 24

The Greatest Comedy Duo of All Time

LAUREL & HARDY FESTIVAL

• Classic Comedies -- both Sound and Silent •

With Live Musical Accompaniment on the
Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ

    

 

A favorite at Old Town Music Hall, this popular comedy duo headlines yet another hilarious program of silent & sound shorts. 

 

If you’ve never been to one of our Laurel & Hardy Festivals, you don’t know what you’re missing. 

 

It’s non-stop laughs!!

 

Bring the kids for a show they’ll never forget.  

 

(Warning: they’ll want to come back for the next one.)


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



JANUARY 30 - 31

BIG BAND SHORTS OF THE 1930s and 1940s

•  NOTE:  We will be closed Sunday February 1st.   •

    

 

If you’re a fan of music from the 1930s and 40s, join us for an evening of short films featuring musical performance  -- many rare -- favorites selected by Old Town Music Hall founder Bill Field.

 

We'll be sharing rare gems that include some of the greatest vocalists and instrumentalists of the period.  

 

This night is a music-lovers dream!


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



FEBRUARY 6 - 7 - 8

42nd STREET

(1933)

    

 

Broadway star Ruby Keeler’s film debut,

42nd Street single handedly helped rescue the movie musical in Hollywood. 

 

For some years prior, musicals were considered a bad investment for studios. 

 

But 42nd Street was so financially successful that it saved Warner Bros. from bankruptcy.

 

And it's a great movie too!  Lot's of fun to watch, and it's a tremendously significant piece of Hollywood cinematic history.  

 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



FEBRUARY 13 - 14 - 15

Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor

THE MALTESE FALCON

(1941)

    

 The Maltese Falcon is a classic film noir based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. It features an absolutely stunning cast featuring Bogart, Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr. 

 

Three of the falcon statuettes still exist and are conservatively valued at over $1 million each. This makes them some of the most valuable film props ever made; indeed they are now worth more than the film cost to make which took two months to complete and cost less than $300,000.

 

The opening scroll about the history of the Maltese Falcon is entirely made up.  Peter Lorre said this was the favorite of his films.

 

If you've never seen this masterpiece, what are you waiting for?  And if you have seen it in the past, we know you'll want to come and watch it with us on the big screen!


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



FEBRUARY 20 - 21 - 22

Buster Keaton

THE CAMERAMAN

(1928)

    

The Cameraman was Keaton’s first film with MGM. According to Buster Keaton’s biography, he came on the set the first day of shooting and, unaware of his reduced status as actor-only, began to "feel" for comedy bits and request props and characters, as he had with his own company. Director Edward Sedgwick took him aside and told Buster that he was undermining his directorial authority. Buster genuinely apologized and faded into the background. Sedgewick couldn't get the set-ups he wanted, couldn't get the actors to understand his direction, and eventually gave up and asked Buster to take over. As quietly as he had left, Buster regained control of the scene. Buster began to call Sedgewick "Junior" and they became fast friends.

 

At the studio's insistence, Buster Keaton shot an ending with him smiling. It was previewed, and hated, so it was replaced with the ending the film now has.


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



FEBRUARY 27 - 28 & MARCH 1

Mario Lanza

THE GREAT CARUSO

(1951)

    

 Nearly 40 years after its release, Caruso's son, Enrico Jr. reminisced that, "Vocally and musically The Great Caruso has helped many young people discover opera and even become singers themselves." 

 

The film has also been cited by tenors Plácido Domingo and José Carreras as having been an inspiration for them when they were growing up. 

 

The Great Caruso is truly a magnificent movie. Mario Lanza performs the role flawlessly, and his singing is in top form. He is depicted as a thoughtful person who goes out of his way to be kind and helpful to others. Like giving jobs to friends who had fallen on hard times.

 

Ann Blyth is beautiful as the love interest. All the operatic production numbers are first-rate. It's easy to see why Mario Lanza was such a huge star!


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



MARCH 6 - 7 - 8

Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda

THAT NIGHT IN RIO

(1941)

    

 

Don Ameche considered this his favorite screen role and it was the sixth and final teaming of Ameche and Alice Faye.  


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



SUNDAY MARCH 8th
7:30PM

Once again it's time for...

"S C I - F I  S U N D A Y"  ! ! !

FORBIDDEN PLANET

(1956)

Also on the same program:
"FLASH GORDON" - Episode 5 - starring Buster Crabbe

    

 

Some say it’s the best science fiction film made during the golden age of sci-fi.

 

It captures the romance, the spirit, and the look of 50's pulp science fiction, even touching on relevant themes about advanced technology and the responsibilities that go with it.

 

Join us on this trip to planet Altair-5, and meet the most famous robot in history, “Robby the Robot.”

 

For true fans of the genre, this film is considered a masterpiece. 


Sunday 7:30PM

NOTE: This show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and the Flash Gordon episode.  There will be a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



MARCH 13 - 14 - 15

First ACADEMY AWARD for Best Feature Film

WINGS

(1927 - silent)

Accompanied Live by Bill Field on the
Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ

    

 

An indisputable triumph of silent cinema, Wings was the first film to win the Best Picture Academy Award®. 

 

Spectacular aerial photography and a memorably sweet performance by Clara Bow are only some of the highlights of Paramount’s silent era crowning achievement. 

 

We are proud to present a print of Wings that was meticulously restored in 2012. 

 

Wings will be shown with live accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ -- just as it was experienced by audiences in 1927.


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



MARCH 20 - 21 - 22

• 70th Annual Celebration of •

CHARLIE CHAN: THE JADE MASK

(1945)

    

 

Charlie Chan is a fictional Chinese American detective best known for his tart sarcasm and his numerous sidekick sons who receive his fatherly advice but more often his disdain and criticism. 

 

There were over four dozen films starring Charlie Chan beginning in 1926. 

 

“The Jade Mask” stars Sidney Toler was the second non-Asian to play Chan. Toler was also a playwright and co-wrote and directed a play in 1921 starring Helen Hayes. 

 

If you’ve never seen a Charlie Chan film, you’re in for a treat. 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.



MARCH 27 - 28 - 29

Deanna Durbin

100 Men and a Girl

(1937)

    

 

Nominated for best picture, this smartly written rags-to-riches film was a vehicle for Universal’s young superstar Deanna Durbin, who was more popular than both Shirley Temple and Judy Garland at this time. 

 

Only 16 years old, her singing voice was phenomenal. 

 

The filmmaking is top notch, and the soundtrack includes wonderful classical music. 

 

For anyone who has never seen a Deanna Durbin film, get ready for awonderfully entertaining film. 


Friday 8:15PM
Saturday 2:30PM and 8:15PM 
Sunday 2:30PM

NOTE: Every show begins with music played on the pipe organ, an audience sing along,
and a comedy short.  There is a 15-minute intermission, followed by the feature film.


Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+)  
Sorry, we do not offer any advance ticket sales or reserved seats. 
Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time.

Reserved seating is for concerts only.
All programs are subject to change without notice.