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Silent Film Society at the Pickwick

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Eighty percent of all movies made during the silent film era are gone, according to the Silent Film Society of Chicago, an organization aimed at preserving and appreciating those that are left. The society is sponsoring a pre-Halloween showing of The Cat and the Canary, a 1927 haunted-house thriller and the first American film by German director Paul Leni, at the Pickwick Theatre. Based on a Broadway play, The Cat and the Canary follows a pretty young heiress through a night in a spooky mansion complete with hidden passageways, secret compartments, and a visiting lunatic. Leni's creative camera angles and trick photography will be augmented by Dennis Scott's accompaniment on the theater's mighty Wurlitzer. The Pickwick, which opened a year after this film was made and is permanently dressed up as an art deco Aztec temple, is a show all by itself. The Cat and the Canary will be screened once only, Thursday, October 26, at 7:30. The Pickwick is located at 5 S. Prospect, Park Ridge. Advance tickets are $8 ($7 for seniors and students) and are available at the theater box office. Day-of-show tickets are $10. Call 847-825-5800.

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