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Silent Film Festival

Films made or released in 1924

February 3 & 4, 2024

Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 W Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

This exceptional festival transports you back to the golden age of cinema, where silent films reigned supreme. Each screening is accompanied by the enchanting piano melodies of renowned pianist Frederick Hodges, whose virtuosity and charisma have graced stages worldwide. Plus, the first event is FREE!


Lara Gabrielle

Lara Gabrielle

Film Historian & Writer

Frederick Hodges

Frederick Hodges


*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Sierra Madre Playhouse, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Film historian Lara Gabrielle will be your guide, introducing these cinematic gems and sharing insights into the era. The festivities kick off with a gala presentation of Harold Lloyd's timeless classics, "Girl Shy" and "Hot Water," introduced by Harold Lloyd's granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd Hayes.

Curated by Lara Gabrielle, a distinguished biographer and Marion Davies expert, this festival promises a journey through history and a celebration of the magic of silent cinema. Don't miss this extraordinary event that brings the past to life through the magic of film and live music.

Pianist Frederick Hodges, recognized as one of the world's best concert pianists, will transport you through time with his exceptional talents, enhancing the cinematic experience. His extensive repertoire, spanning from classical masters to American legends like Gershwin and Porter, guarantees an unforgettable musical backdrop to these timeless cinematic treasures.

Join us in commemorating a century of entertainment at the Sierra Madre Playhouse with this unforgettable Silent Film Festival. Step back in time, revel in the nostalgia, and be captivated by the magic of the silver screen, all accompanied by the enchanting melodies of Frederick Hodges. Get ready for a journey through the heart of cinema history!


12 PM: Comedy shorts, including Chaplin and Keaton (60mins) - FREE EVENT!

4 PM: Safety Last! (80mins) Star: Harold Lloyd Directors: Frank Newmeyer, Sam Taylor

6:15 PM: "The Bees Knees" The Playhouse's Centennial Celebration Gala, featuring a 1920's speakeasy and champagne dinner!

8 PM: Hot Water (59mins) Star: Harold Lloyd Directors: Frank Newmeyer, Sam Taylor


12 PM: Girl Shy (89mins) Star: Harold Lloyd Directors: Frank Newmeyer, Sam Taylor

4 PM: Helen’s Babies (85mins) Star: Baby Peggy Director: William Seiter - Preserved by the Library of Congress

8 PM: Sherlock, Jr. (45mins) Star and director: Buster Keaton

Join us for a dazzling evening at "The Bees Knees," a Roaring 20s-themed gala centennial celebration at the Sierra Madre Playhouse on February 3. Revel in the nostalgia of the silent film era and honor film preservationist Suzanne Lloyd. TICKETS are $100/guest and your experience includes:

  • 4:00 PM: Screening of Harold Lloyd's classic silent film Safety Last!

  • 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Exclusive round-table discussion with Suzanne Lloyd and Lara Gabrielle.

  • 6:15 PM: Cross over to Roe Fusion for the "The Bees Knees" gala event, featuring a champagne dinner and speakeasy with Roaring 20s themed cocktails and a menu that transports you back in time.

  • 8:00 PM: Return to the Playhouse for the screening of Hot Water, another of Harold Lloyd's masterpieces.

Dress in your 1920s best, from flapper dresses to fedoras, and immerse yourself in the glamour and elegance of the era. Tickets include admission to both film screenings and the gala dinner. Don’t miss this unforgettable celebration of film history and heritage! Upon completion of this form, you will receive a confirmation email from SMP staff with further details about the event and instructions for payment. We look forward to celebrating with you at this glamorous centennial event!

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