1925 'Phantom of the Opera' unmasks on Oct. 29 at Irvine Auditorium

Phantom at Irvine

If you haven’t seen the original “The Phantom of the Opera” motion picture or have only watched it on television, now is your chance to catch the 1925 silent horror classic as it was meant to be seen—on the big screen accompanied by live music.

On Friday, Oct. 29, Perelman Quad presents a screening of the film, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, in Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St., at 7 p.m.

The film will be accompanied live by Peter Edwin Krasinski, a world-renowned conductor, organist and music educator, on Irvine’s famed Curtis Organ, the 11th largest pipe organ in the world, with more than 10,000 pipes.

Before tomorrow evening’s showing, Krasinski will lead a one-hour master class titled, “Music and Silent Film: A Life-Long Passion,” at 4:45 p.m. in Irvine.

Krasinski will use the Curtis Organ to demonstrate his approach to film performances. The lesson will cover the history of musical accompaniment to silent movies, the “concept of theme--what drives the music, and the goal to find the central line in any musical composition.” He will also talk about his recent tour of Japan.

The tradition of Halloween “Phantom of the Opera” screenings on Penn’s campus has a storied past dating back decades. For 25 years, moviegoers, many in costume, trekked to Irvine to see the film, until the building was closed for major renovations in 1997.

In 2009, the granddaddy of all horror films crept back into Irvine and the “Phantom” began anew its annual Halloween reign of fright.

Both the class and screening are free and open to the public. Penn Student Agencies will offer refreshments in the Irvine Café and discounted Penn merchandise for sale.

Between the class and the film, Houston Market is also offering a $5 meal deal, which includes a pizza, salad and beverage combo.

For more information, call Kris Patterson at 215-898-4512 or visit www.perelmanquad.com.


Originally published on October 28, 2010