This past Friday the 1925 Harold Lloyd film The Freshman opened the 2010 Silent Summer Film Festival at the Portage Theatre in Chicago (4050 N. Milwaukee Ave). Each classic silent film will be accompanied by live organ as the festival continues the next five Fridays at 8 PM. If you buy tickets in advance the cost is $10 ($9 for students or seniors). Tickets at the door cost $12. For the August 6 special event screening of The Mark of Zorro (1920) the film will be accompanied by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra ($15 for advance tickets, $14/students, seniors; $17 at the door).
For the complete festival lineup and to buy advance tickets visit The Silent Film Society of Chicago website. This Friday the film is Ben-Hur (1925). Seeing a silent film on the big screen is a fun event that I recommend to any film lover. In June I watched Fritz Lange's classic Metropolis (1927) at the Music Box Theatre and I thought the whole night was an amazing experience.