Stambaugh Auditorium Presents
SILENT FILM: THE MONSTER
Sunday, October 30, 2022
The Concert Hall, Stambaugh Auditorium
The Monster, a 1925 silent horror film starring Lon Chaney, is considered the first horror film to top the US box office. The plot follows a meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigating some very strange happenings at a remote mental sanitarium, missing persons, and unexplained accidents.
Organist Jay Spencer, currently the house organist at the Canton Palace Theatre, began playing pre-show music before the feature films at the Palace Theatre pushing to bring back silent movies to the theatre. He prepares for silent films by first watching the movie with the volume on mute in order to develop his accompaniment repertoire. The audience should expect to hear some period songs that they might recognize.
The E.M. Skinner Pipe Organ, Opus 582 is the only remaining Skinner organ in the area. The organ features four manual consoles, 67 stops, and nearly four thousand pipes that vary from the smallest which is the size and weight of a #2 pencil to the largest which is 30 inches by 32 feet and weighs 750 pounds. There are 58 ranks altogether.