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Film Festival Set for Massillon's Lincoln Theater

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 17, 2013

This will be the last of these festivals. I am looking into why. There are some nice illustrations of the films here. The official word:

 Fall is the air and that means it’s time for silent and classic cinema shown in all of its celluloid glory at the oldest operating movie theatre in the country. The Fall Cinesation Film Festival arrives at the Lion’s Lincoln Theatre Thursday, Sept. 26th through Sunday, Sept. 29th. This will be the festival’s last year and the public’s last chance to see the featured films presented on film. All silent film presentations will showcase the musical talents of Dr. Philip Carli or Ben Model.

Two special presentations on Friday and Saturday evening are geared to families as well as classic film fans, and tickets for these featured showings are only $4.00 each.  The feature on Friday, Friday Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m. is “Pardon Us” (1931) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. In the midst of the Depression and Prohibition, the boys get caught making bootleg beer and find themselves in prison. This is the first full length Laurel and Hardy film. This feature will be preceded by the Academy Award-winning short comedy “So This is Harris” (1933). 

On Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. the feature is a "Slapstick Comedy Cavalcade," a program of five hilarious comedy shorts made by Buster Keaton, Mack Sennett and others. These films will feature live musical accompaniment by Ben Model and Dr. Philip Carli, just as they would have been seen at the Lincoln Theater in the 1920s. The shorts include “The Goat” with Buster Keaton, the Mack Sennett comedy, “Are Waitresses Safe?,” Marcel Perez in “You’re Next,” Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew in “Number One” and Wanda Wiley in “A Thrilling Romance.”

The festival, which includes 18 rarely screened feature films (plus a few surprises) shown in 35mm and 16mm prints from archives and private collections, starts Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. and runs until Sunday morning.  Cinema buffs may purchase a single day pass for $40, or attend the entire festival by pre-registering for $75.

The Lions Lincoln Theater is located at 156 Lincoln Way East, Massillon. The festival is sponsored by the Great Lakes Cinefile Society, a non-profit organization created for the preservation and presentation of vintage films.  For more information visit the Society’s website at

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