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Catalina Island Museumʼs screening of “The Phantom of the Opera”

A 26-Piece Symphony Orchestra and a Soprano Vocalist to Accompany the Catalina Island Museumʼs screening of “The Phantom of the Opera”

"The Phantom of the Opera,"  a legendary 1925 Lon Chaney classic, will be featured at the 28th Annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit on Saturday, May 16, at 1:00 p.m. Tickets now availabe online, www.CatalinaMuseum.org, or at the museum, call 310-510-2414 or visit the museum in person. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum
“The Phantom of the Opera,” a legendary 1925 Lon Chaney classic, will be featured at the 28th Annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit on Saturday, May 16, at 1:00 p.m. Tickets now available online, www.CatalinaMuseum.org, or at the museum, call 310-510-2414 or visit the museum in person. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum

One of the Greatest Horror films of the silent era, “The Phantom of the Opera” will be showcased during the 28th Annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit. Featuring a Grammy Award-winning conductor, a 26 piece symphony orchestra and a soprano vocalist in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre, the benefit is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. “I can’t wait until May 16th, when we will present the legendary 1925 Lon Chaney classic, ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’” remarked conductor Richard Kaufman.

Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom (Lon Chaney) and Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin). Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum
Lon Chaney as the phantom, used unconventional (for the time) make-up tricks to create the look of the disfigured madman living in the catacombs below the Paris opera house. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum

“Once again, we’ll bring some of L.A. and Orange County’s finest studio and symphonic musicians to the island, which will make for another unique and once-in-a life time experience for the audience, as well as the music makers!” “The mission of the museum is to educate, entertain and edify, and our Silent Film Benefit is a perfect example of this,” said Michael De Marsche, the Executive Director of the Catalina Island Museum. “Our audience has grown tremendously over the past few years and we couldn’t be more excited to bring ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ to the Avalon community this May.”

Lon Chaney stars as the Phantom, a disfigured madman living in the catacombs below the Paris Opera House. In love with a young opera singer and determined to make her a star, the Phantom terrorizes the opera house, at one point sending a giant chandelier crashing down on the audience during a performance. Known as “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Chaney care
fully recreated the details of the Phantom’s face, as described in the book, onto his own by using several make-up tricks of the trade, some of which were quite unconventional. The result was so scary the studio kept it a secret until the film’s premiere. Audience members are said to have screamed and even fainted when the Phantom was unmasked, revealing a corpse like face with deep eye sockets, receding lips and gaping nostrils.

Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom (Lon Chaney) and Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin). Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum
Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom (Lon Chaney) and Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin). Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum

The 28th Annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in the Avalon Casino Theatre. The original 1925 version of “The Phantom of the Opera” will be accompanied by a 26-piece symphony orchestra and a soprano vocalist, led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman, performing the film’s renowned score. Don’t wait to purchase tickets!

This event will sell out. Tickets for “The Phantom of the Opera” performance are $20 for members of the museum and $24 for general admission. Purchasing tickets is easy. Please call 310-510-2414, visit the museum in person, or go to the Silent Film event page at www.CatalinaMuseum.org. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon’s sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital theater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon’s historic Casino and are open seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414

Visit catalinamuseum.org for more information