Silent Classic Metropolis with Live Theater Organist at Trenton War Memorial
Come see iconic 1927 film on February 16th to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The Garden State Theatre Organ Society (GSTOS) is proud to announce a special one-night showing of Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent epic, METROPOLIS, with live theatre organ accompaniment by nationally recognized Brett Miller on Saturday February 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the historic Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial. Admission is a $12 donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Patriot’s Theater is located at 1 Memorial Drive in Trenton. Tickets may be purchased in advance online, including special VIP tickets, with any remaining tickets on sale at the theater the night of the show.
One of the most celebrated movies in cinema history and a key influence on contemporary films like Blade Runner and Star Wars, METROPOLIS continues to be relevant 90 years later with themes of social stratification, rebellion, and ill effects of technology. GSTOS will present the 2010 digital restoration of the film; this includes 25 minutes of footage that was lost for 80 years, and rediscovered in a museum archive in Argentina. The restoration includes key scenes that had been cut—either because they were considered to be too brutal or too long—a practice common of theater operators in the early days of cinema. The integration of these newly restored scenes and subplots endow METROPOLIS with even greater tension and emotional resonance, as it dramatizes the conflict between wealthy über-capitalists and rebellious subterranean laborers which is orchestrated by a diabolical scientist capable of destroying them both.
“Be ready for some serious time travel,” says Cathy Martin, Vice-President and Program Chair of the Garden State Theatre Organ Society. “When Brett is playing Gottfried Huppertz’s original film score you may really think that you are back in 1927.” Brett Miller has played for silent films at the four theaters in the Renew Theaters chain including performances at the County Theater in Doylestown, and the Garden in Princeton. Only 16 years old, he has already compiled a significant resume. He is a staff organist at Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, and has performed at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, and the Brook Performing Arts Center in Bound Brook, New Jersey. This past summer he placed second in the nation in the Young Theatre Organist Competition put on by the American Theatre Organ Society. Along with his brother Evan, he created musicalpromise.org a musical initiative to help fund the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
With support from the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, there will be a special presentation of Hirschfeld drawings of silent screen stars shown before the film, accompanied by the Pennridge High School Jazz Ensemble. “We applaud both Brett and the Garden State Theatre Organ Society for creating such a special night to help others in need,” says David Leopold, Creative Director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. “We are big believers that you can do good while having a good time, and with METROPOLIS , Brett and the Jazz Ensemble, this is going to be a good time. All you have to do to do good is to buy a ticket.”
Tickets and seating are on a first come-first served basis. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. Special VIP tickets are also available, and include reserved seating and a special memento of the evening. VIP tickets are $25.
For more information on this special one-night –only presentation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 215-795-0228.