November 11, 2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us for an evening of frights and delights in our spooky silent film double bill!
We start with The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
Possessed by the irresistible urge to complete the portrait of his beloved, gravely ill wife Madeline, tortured aristocrat Roderick Usher begs his best and only friend Allan to come and visit him in his decrepit, rumour-ridden ruin of a mansion. But everything about the cold, empty manor screams despair and crushing melancholy, and as Roderick finds himself consumed with agonising fear that the love of his life will soon meet her fate, blind obsession takes over. However, Roderick’s brush is like a magic wand, and at each bold stroke, the painted image becomes more and more alive while poor Madeline fades away. What cruel destiny awaits the doomed couple? Is death the final frontier? What can stop the fall of the House of Usher?
And the main feature is Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920).
Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson story: Doctor Henry Jekyll’s enthusiasm for science and his selfless acts of service have made him a much-admired man. But as he visits Sir George Carew one evening, his host criticizes him for his reluctance to experience the more sensual side of life. Sir George goads Jekyll into visiting a music hall, where he watches the alluring dancer Gina. Jekyll becomes fascinated with the two contrasting sides of human nature, and he becomes obsessed with the idea of separating them. After extensive work in his laboratory, he devises a formula that does indeed allow him to alternate between two completely different personalities, his own and that of a brutish, lascivious person whom he names Hyde. It is not long before the personality of Hyde begins to dominate Jekyll’s affairs.
Both films will be expertly accompanied by Donald MacKenzie, from London’s Odeon Leicester Square, who is making a welcome return to provide an improvised score on The Corstorphine Astoria Centre’s Ingram Cinema Organ.
Refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Doors open at 6.45 pm.
Tickets are non refundable.