A special fundraising event to benefit the Hollywood Cinema refurbishment project - ensuring the on-going survival of this unique home for Auckland's historic Wurlitzer pipe organ. Join us for an afternoon of laughter and entertainment!
Before the days of sound movies, we had the “silents”. These motion pictures were brought to life, first by costly orchestras and then in the 1920s, by the mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. Hollywood Cinema “house organist” Ron Clark will bring the silent screen to life as he accompanies the classic 1928 Buster Keaton comedy “Steamboat Bill Jnr”, with music and sound effects provided by the Wurlitzer pipe organ.
"Steamboat Bill" is the owner and captain of a paddle steamer that has seen better days. He eagerly awaits the arrival of his college student son, whom he has not seen since the lad was a baby, expecting a big, husky man like himself to help him compete with businessman John James King and his brand new, luxurious riverboat. He is sorely disappointed with his slight, awkward offspring, who shows up with a pencil mustache, a ukelele and a beret. Worst still, he is furious to discover that his son and King's daughter Kitty, know each other and are in love. Both business rivals are determined to break up the relationship. A cyclone hits the town and Steamboat Bill Jnr becomes the hero!
Show features a "play-in" from the Wurlitzer organ, some comedy shorts in the first half, then our main feature - the silent movie accompanied by the Wurlitzer pipe organ.
Tickets on sale at the door on the day from 1.15pm. For more info, contact James on (09) 525 7067.