A 1920s silence cinema experience

The Baycourt silent cinema is expected to be another great success. Photo: Supplied.

Be sent back in time to the roaring 20s with Night Owl Cinema's Tauranga silent cinema experience.

Night Owl Cinema and Baycourt, for the third year, are presenting a Silent Cinema – Charlie Chaplin's The Circus at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre on Durham Street on Saturday, August 19.

This year's Silent Cinema will be a night of 1920s circus fun for the whole family, with candy floss, popcorn and circus acts on the Baycourt lawn and in the foyer from 4pm, with the screening taking place at 5pm.

Baycourt manager Megan Peacock Coyle says Silent Cinema - The Circus is a family-friendly show and a great way to introduce your children, or grandchildren, to a bit of film history.

“Silent Cinema is always an amazing and really fun show, and what's been really cool for us here at Baycourt is seeing the number of people turning up, plus the buzz and excitement around each event, growing from year to year.”

“Baycourt is now a hub for silent films in the Bay of Plenty; not only are we involved in presenting Silent Cinema but we're also running the Young Filmmakers Workshops, which are part of the New Zealand Regionals International Youth Silent Film Festival, during the July school holidays.” 

Each edition of the silent cinema sees Baycourt fitted out in 1920s theme and each screening features musical accompaniment from renowned organist Ron Clark playing the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. 

“To see the organ twirl out of the stage and have the music accompany the film is an awe inspiring experience,” says Night Owl Cinema founder Kim Cleland.  

“You get so swept up in the film you forget there is somebody playing the live score and making all the sound effects.  Seeing the organ pipes which are built into the walls of Baycourt in action feels like a very special opportunity – we have loved being involved!”

This year Night Owl and Baycourt will be giving one lucky person and their friend the chance to be pampered like a 1920s film star, with two VIP experiences to be given away. 

The VIP winners will be dressed up in 1920s garments by Bay Costume Hire, have their makeup applied by Tauranga makeup artist Desiree Osterman, and then be chauffeured to the event in a Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club vehicle.

Tickets will be available online from www.ticketek.co.nz or over the counter at the Baycourt Box Office on Durham Street, Tauranga.



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