By/Por Juan Rodríguez Flores, Executive Editor LWR
This summer, in collaboration with the Academy, Villa Aurora will celebrate its magnificent pipe organ and the sponsors who helped restore it to glory. For the first time, the Villa gardens will be open for film fans to come early to picnic, watch the sunset and settle in for a program of silent films featuring some of Hollywood’s top silent-era comedians, with live organ accompaniment.
The grounds open at 6:30 p.m., with each program beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 10
“Young Mr. Jazz” (1919), “The Big Idea” (1918), “Never Weaken” (1921) and “Number, Please?” (1920). Running time: 70 min.
Four films starring ingenious comedian Harold Lloyd, an icon of the silent film era. Live accompaniment by organ artist Christoph Bull.
Saturday, August 24 at 8:30 p.m.
“Mabel’s Married Life,” “The Rounders,” “The Masquerader” and “Dough and Dynamite.” Running time: 69 min.
Four early Keystone films starring Charles Chaplin. Made in 1914, at the beginning of the legendary comedian’s career, all four were either directed or co-directed by him. Live accompaniment by Dean Mora on organ.
For more information, visit www.villa-aurora.org
Saturdays, August 10 and 24
Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades
TICKETS: $15. Available at www.brownpapertickets.com