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Embark on an unusual cinematic adventure into the past by experiencing film as it was originally shown in the 1920s at the Gateshead Silent Film Festival in January. Presented by GLAS Performing Arts Academy and Side by Side Arts, the festival offers three screenings of silent films over two days at St Mary’s Heritage Centre.

Starting on Friday 25th January festival goers can break away from special effects, stunt actors and surround sound by viewing the 1925 American horror classic, Phantom Of The Opera. Discover an earlier version of the well-known musical about Christine, a young and beautiful opera singer, and her mysterious yet disfigured admirer, Erik, who eventually takes her captive after helping her become a lead singer.

On Saturday 26th January viewers can continue enjoying visual narratives from a bygone age enhanced by live piano music (performed by Stuart Angus) and the murmur of a film reel. Family Funny Bones Hour is a teatime special of short comic films giving families the chance to appreciate film heritage together. This is followed by a screening of the comedy Shy Girl, which tells the story of the Poor Boy, an aspiring author, and his encounter with the Rich Girl on a train and their subsequent romance. On both days freshly made pizza will be available from Scream For Pizza as well as drinks from the bar and a chance to keep the 1920s vibes alive by dancing to a swing and jive style sound track.

 

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