This coming Tuesday the 27th, the Carolina Theater in downtown Greensboro is showing Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” at 7:00. Not only is “The Gold Rush” a fun movie, but what makes this extra special is that the film will be accompanied with the Morton Theater Organ. If you have never heard it play in the Carolina trust me, it sounds wonderful. When the theater was built silent movies were still being shown and chambers on both sides of the theater were constructed to house all of the pipes and related musical devices for a house theater organ. Some of the equipment used today dates back the 90 years when it first opened. To play the organ, the Carolina Theater is bringing in Ron Carter from the Atlanta area. Ron Carter is the house organist at The Strand outside of Atlanta, and plays the organ at various venues in the region. If you can come please do. You will not be disappointed.
Last night, 26 January, at the Greensboro Project Space I screened “A Page of Madness” and “Easy Street”. Gil Fray was at the piano for both screenings. Many thanks to Adam Carlin for providing the piano and also the wonderful theater popcorn machine for the event. Gil did his usual wonderful job of accompaniment. For “A Page of Madness”, he actually removed the top of the piano and played the strings, as well as the keyboard, to provide an accompaniment that fit very well into the very avant-garde film. For “Easy Street” Gil played a traditional score. The event was well attended and the audience had a great time. I hope to screen another silent film at the Greensboro Project Space in the very near future.