Relive the 1920s silent film era

For one fun-filled night, Red Deerians are invited to take a seat in history in the spirit of the ‘Roaring 20s’.

The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery will be ‘puttin’ on the ritz at Fratters Speakeasy Venue on Oct. 27th.

The live music/silent film event will present four classic comedies featuring the likes of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd accompanied by a live, original piano score by Canadian composer/pianist Robert Bruce from Hamilton, Ontario.

Silent films have no synchronized recorded sound; no spoken dialogue.

Onscreen title cards were used to narrate story points and present key dialogue.

Films were most often accompanied by live music in order to contribute to the atmosphere and give the audience vital emotional cues.

Many film scores were either improvised or compiled of classical or theatrical music.

In the late 1920s technology enabled recorded sound to synchronize with the recorded image.

After the release of The Jazz Singer in 1927, ‘talkies’ become more common. Within a

decade, popular production of silent films had ceased.

The live music/silent film fundraising event offers all the excitement and spontaneity of a live concert blended perfectly together with the charm and nostalgia of classic 1920s silent cinema.

Fratters Speakeasy is the ideal venue for this event, as their décor is reminiscent of the 20s era, organizers say.

Attendees are encouraged to get in the spirit and come dressed in costume. Prizes will be

awarded for best individual and group costumes. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now – $40 for museum members, $50 for non-members.

Guests will enjoy an evening of classic film, a fine selection of appetizers and a chance to win door prizes.

All proceeds are in support of the Red Deer & District Museum Society.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about the event,

visit or call 403-309-8405.


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