Stambaugh to show silent ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ with live organ on Oct. 26

Lon Chaney as the Phantom in the 1925 silent film classic, ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’

Lon Chaney as the Phantom in the 1925 silent film classic, ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’

A free showing of the 1925 silent film “The Phantom of the Opera” will occur at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. The film will feature live accompaniment by Grammy-winning organist Todd Wilson on Stambaugh Auditorium’s E.M. Skinner Opus 582 pipe organ.

TODD WILSON

TODD WILSON

Doors open at 1 p.m. and the film starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are free and available at the box office, by calling 330-259-0555, or by visiting stambaughauditorium.com.

The silent film is an adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel and was directed by Rupert Julian and stars Lon Chaney in the title role as the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to force the management to make the woman he loves a star.

The movie remains most famous for Chaney’s intentionally horrific, self-applied make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film’s premiere. The picture co-stars Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, John St. Polis, and Snitz Edwards.

Wilson is head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music and curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall in Cleveland. The Chicago Tribune has described Wilson as “one of the most supremely gifted organists of his generation.”

About Stambaugh Auditorium – Stambaugh Auditorium is a non-profit public auditorium which opened in 1926 through the gift of Youngstown businessman Henry H. Stambaugh. The centerpiece of the complex is the Concert Hall which has a seating capacity of 2,553 and is renowned for its near perfect acoustics. The auditorium also features a 9,700-square-foot ballroom, a recital hall (The Anne Christman Memorial Hall), and a formal garden at the southern end of the building. The venue welcomes national and international performers on a regular basis while also hosting local and regional entertainment events. Stambaugh Auditorium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

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