WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 AT 7:30PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $12 • LOFT MEMBERS: $10
PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES FOR THIS SCREENING
The band encourages attendees to dress for the Halloween season at this scarifying screening!
Don’t miss this special screening of the 1925 silent horror classic, The Phantom of the Opera, starring the legendary Lon Chaney, featuring an original live score combining rock and orchestral music, created and performed by the acclaimed Austin music ensemble, The Invincible Czars!
“Lon Chaney’s astonishing performance as the hideous organist prowling the sewers beneath the Paris Opera is still a cornerstone of gothic horror.” – J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
The most adventurous band from Austin, TX – The Invincible Czars – is bringing their latest film score to Tucson to perform it live to The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney! Fans, theaters and media have praised The Invincible Czars for making silent horror films “actually scary” for modern-day audiences, so get ready to be frightened! Set in nineteenth century Paris, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of aspiring young opera singer Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin), who discovers that she has a mysterious admirer intent on helping her become a lead performer. This enigmatic masked presence is Erik, also known as the Phantom (Lon Chaney), a horribly disfigured recluse who lives in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. When the Phantom takes Christine prisoner and demands her devotion and affection, her suitor, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry), sets out to rescue her. But will he be too late? Featuring lavish sets, electrifying action (including the famous “crashing chandelier” scene), romance and truly frightening horror (Chaney’s monstrous makeup still sends shivers up the spine), The Phantom of the Opera is a terror classic best experienced on the big screen! (Dir. by Rupert Julian, 1925, USA, 93 mins., Not Rated)
The Invincible Czars have been performing their own scores for early 20th century silent films for nearly a decade in historic theaters, colleges, outdoor spaces, DIY arts centers, etc. The shows appeal to people of a wide range of ages and interests and you’ll find film buffs, music lovers, horror fans, sci-fi geeks, metal-heads, goths, classical music fans among their audiences. They’ve built an audience for themselves as much as the movies they accompany by adding movies to their catalog, creating original artwork and wardrobe, encouraging audience participation, and recording their scores. The band toured all over the US in 2015-17 with their score for Nosferatu.
The Czars use a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, sound effects and even vocals. They also borrow a little music from the classical realm in each of their scores. The Invincible Czars’ score for Phantom is mysterious and understated, utilizing all the Czars’ staple instruments – violin, piano, bass guitar, flute and sounds effects. This score also features a 7-string electric guitar with more effects than ever before used in a Czars silent film score.