MCC-Longview Celebrates the Silent Film Era

Share in the nostalgia as MCC-Longview revisits the golden age of cinema at the second annual “Silents Night,” an evening of silent film comedy shorts, on Friday, Nov. 16. Doors to the Cultural Arts Center open at 6 p.m. The films will be shown at 7 p.m., but the fun begins earlier!

Be on the lookout for vintage clothing or thrift stores around the city because a new addition to this year’s program will be a Roaring ‘20s costume contest beginning at 6:15 p.m. Have fun and use your imagination – channel your inner flapper or gangster. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Renowned organist Marvin Faulwell will be the special guest again this year, providing musical accompaniment for the silent films. Faulwell is an accomplished theatre organist who has appeared in concert and played for silent film programs throughout the Midwest. He was also involved in the restoration of the Robert Morton Theatre Pipe Organ at the Music Hall in Kansas City. Dr. Faulwell is a retired dentist and long-time Lee’s Summit resident.

Schmitt Music in Overland Park, Ks. is repeating last year’s generous donation of organs for “Silents Night.” Their talented staff will also be providing prelude and intermission music for the evening.

Films by some of the top comedians of the silent film era will be shown: “The Rink” with Charlie Chaplin, “Soup to Nuts” with Laurel & Hardy, “The Blacksmith” with Buster Keaton, and “High and Dizzy” with Harold Lloyd.

Be our guest as we celebrate this unique art form. MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center is located at 500 SW Longview Road in Lee’s Summit. Admission is free but donations are welcome to support future cultural events. For more information, call 816.604.2030.