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  • 2015 Summer Cinema Series

    Summer Cinema 2015, in conjunction with MSUM Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, features retro-spective showings of some of Hollywood’s greatest stars in their best-loved and most popular motion pictures, as well as rare, seldom-seen and “lost” films. The “silents” are accompanied by pipe-organ music performed by Red River Chapter members of the American Theatre Organ Society, chartered in the FM area in 1965. The Red River Chapter owns the organ (on permanent loan to MSUM) and maintains it. It is one of five theater pipe organs installed at colleges and universities in the nation. Chapter members perform pre-show music and scores for the silent films. In the tradition of Hollywood past, each of our vintage movie programs will be preceded by a short subject film. Each program runs about two hours. Introductions to the films are provided by faculty members of MSUM, the University of North Dakota, and FM area film enthusiasts. All shows are Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall, Glasrud Auditorium on the campus of MSUM. Pre-show organ music begins at 7:15. Admission is $4 per movie and tickets are available online or at the door.

    Our 39th Season

    Dedicated to series founders Ted Larson and Rusty Casselton

    Mondays | 7:30 p.m.
    Pre-show Organ Music | 7:15 p.m.
    Weld Hall–Glasrud Auditorium | Minnesota State University Moorhead
    $4 per movie | Tickets Online or available at the door


    The KidThe Kid

    Monday, July 6
    Jackie Coogan and Charles Chaplin (1921; 68 minutes)
    Silent Comedy Drama | Directed by Charles Chaplin

    As she leaves the charity hospital and passes a church wedding, Edna deposits her new baby with a pleading note in a limousine and goes off to commit suicide. The limo is stolen by thieves who dump the baby by a garbage can. Charlie the Tramp finds the baby and makes a home for him. Five years later Edna is an opera star but does charity work for slum youngsters in hope of finding her boy. A doctor discovers the note with the truth about the Kid and reports it to the authorities who come to take him away from Charlie. Before he arrives at the Orphan Asylum, Charlie steals him back and takes him to a flophouse. The proprietor reads of a reward for the Kid and takes him to Edna. Charlie is later reunited with the Kid at Edna’s mansion. Credit:

    Prologue Organist: Alex Swanson



    Monday, July 13
    Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich (1927; 120 minutes)
    Silent Sci-Fi Drama | Directed by Fritz Lang

    In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. Metropolis is considered a masterpiece of director Fritz Lang. Credit:

    Prologue Organist: Ryan Hardy


    Heart o the HillsHeart o’ the Hills

    Monday, July 20
    Mary Pickford, Harold Goodwin, Allan Sears (1919; 90 minutes)
    Silent Drama/Romance | Directed by Joseph De Grasse, Sidney Franklin

    In the Kentucky hills, Jason Honeycutt lives with his harsh stepfather Steve, not far from where his friend Mavis Hawn lives with her widowed mother. Mavis spends much of her time preparing for the day when she can discover who murdered her father. Steve Honeycutt romances the widow Hawn, hoping to marry her and take control of her land, because he knows that businessman Morton Sanders plans to exploit the area for coal. A group of vigilantes confronts him by night, and shots are fired. Sanders is killed, and evidence leads to Mavis being charged with the crime. Credit:

    Prologue Organist: Alex Swanson


    Stan Laurel and Oliver HardySilent Comedy Shorts

    Monday, July 28
    by Keaton, Chaplin, Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy

    Comedy shorts from five of the TRUE geniuses of the Silent Cinema.

    Prologue Organist: Ryan Hardy

    Charlie Chaplin Buster Keaton Charley Chase


    Following our final showing, treats will be served in the hallway.

    Film titles are subject to change without notice.


    Tickets are available online at or at the door the evening of the show.