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Watch The 1925 Silent Horror Film Version Of ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ At Our Lady Of Refuge On October 17


With Halloween just around the corner, Our Lady of Refuge Church (2020 Foster Avenue) has a spooky event that they’re inviting the neighborhood to – a showing of the 1925 silent horror film version of “The Phantom of the Opera.” 

A horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, the movie will be shown at Our Lady Of Refuge at 7:30pm on Friday, October 17, and it will be accompanied by the internationally-acclaimed Todd Wilson on the church’s newly restored Kilgen pipe organ.

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Filmed at at time when silent movies were all the rage, this 1925 film was a huge success at the box office – and while it’s now almost 90 years old, the Lon Chaney masterpiece continues to be loved by fans, young and old.

Wilson, who serves as head of the Organ Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music , has accompanied “The Phantom of the Opera” to varied audiences throughout the United States. Now, his audience in Ditmas Park will be able to watch the horror film on a large screen at the front of the church, and Wilson’s perch in the organ loft will allow him to improvise a soundtrack to the film.

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Regarded as one of the world’s foremost concert organists, Wilson, in addition to his position at the Cleveland Institute of Music, is the director of music and worship at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio. He has played solo recitals across the United States and around the world, and additionally has performed with several major symphony orchestras.

You can purchase tickets to “The Phantom of the Opera” here – the individual ticket price is $15 in advance or $20 at the door the night of the performance (check or cash). Our Lady of Refuge warned us that tickets are selling quickly, so, if you plan on going, it seems best to get them now!

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