Overture Features First Silent Film Ever Shown in Capitol Theater in 1928

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Madison, Wis. – Overture Center’s 2016/17 Duck Soup Cinema 30th Anniversary celebration continues with the showing of the first silent film to play in Capitol Theater when it opened in 1928, Her Wild Oat, with live Grand Barton organ accompaniment and vaudeville acts on Saturday, November 5 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets, $7 for adults and $3 for children, are available in person at the Overture Center Ticket Office (201 State Street), online at overture.org or by phone at 608.258.4141.

The line-up for Her Wild Oat:

  • Emcee: Joe Thompson
  • Organist: Jelani Eddington
  • Lobby acts (more info below): Jim “Doc the Rube” Carter and Wayne the Wizard
  • Vaudeville acts (more info below): Redefined, Miller & Mike, Nickey Fynn

From Saturday, November 5Sunday, January 8, Overture’s free Playhouse Gallery will feature The Splendor of Silent Film: Images from the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, an exhibition of photographs and posters from the 1910s and 1920s that document the art, history and technology of filmmaking and celebrate the people who helped build the movie industry. The reception for this gallery, free and open to the public, will occur on Saturday, November 5 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Full 2016/17 Duck Soup Cinema schedule:

Metropolis | Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m.

One of the very first science fiction feature films ever made depicts a futuristic urban dystopia.

Her Wild Oatthe first film ever shown in Capitol Theater | Saturday, November 5* at 2 & 7 p.m.
This 1927 comedy-drama was lost for decades, until a copy was discovered in Prague in 2001.

Safety Last | Saturday, February 18 at 2 & 7 p.m.
Harold Lloyd stars in this 1923 romp with a script by the great Hal Roach and Sam Taylor.
The Thief of Bagdad | Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Widely regarded as Douglas Fairbanks’ greatest performance with groundbreaking special effects!

Steamboat Bill, Jr. | Saturday, April 8 at 2 & 7 p.m.
A favorite Buster Keaton comedy!

Local vaudeville-style acts open for a silent film screening (with the exception this season of Metropolis and The Thief of Bagdad). Each show features a skilled organist who mirrors the actors’ emotions on the magnificent Grand Barton Organ, just as it was done in 1928.

The two series, Sounds of Silents (1986-1998) and Duck Soup Cinema (1999-Present), has engaged more than 90,000 patrons in silent film experiences, garnering national recognition for authenticity complete with music on the 1928 Grand Barton Organ, one of the last of its kind, still in its original theater.

For 30 years, Overture has revived and celebrated the heritage and legacy of Capitol Theater, originally built for silent film and opened in 1928. “It’s been an honor to grow this program from an idea to a full-blown series over the last 30 years,” said Rudy Lienau, Overture’s VP of Operations and Duck Soup Cinema programmer. “Keeping an art form such as this alive and thriving within the historical Capitol Theater for our community is a privilege. The fact that we still have the original Grand Barton Organ in its original home really helps maintain the genuineness of the program.”

Duck Soup Cinema is sponsored by Goodman Jewelers. Additional funding provided by Madison Stagehands and Projectionists Union, I.A.T.S.E Local 251, contributions to Overture Center for the Arts, and by members of the Duck Soup Cinema Club. Her Wild Oat is underwritten with a generous gift from Robert N. Doornek. The Playhouse Gallery exhibition is sponsored by Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research and Madison Community Foundation. 

OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Madison, Wisconsin features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies and hundreds of local artists engage people in over half a million educational and artistic experiences each year. Overture.org

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