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Empress Theatre presents Monday Movie Memories

VICKI ARNDT – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Nosferatu, Bonnie and Clyde, Passchendaele and many more amazing movies will make a comeback this fall at the Empress Theatre.
Monday Movie Memories premieres Monday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. and will take movie-goers on a trip through cinematic history.
“A great deal of consideration has been put into choosing just the right films for this centennial film initiative,” Empress Theatre executive director Brent Hutchinson said. “We hope to attract current and new Empress movie buffs during this special time at the Empress.”
With the advent of cinema in the 1890s and centuries of prior inventions leading up to the launch of this world-changing invention, film evolved from the image rotating glass disc called the electrotachyscope invented in 1887 to silent films of the late Victorian era accompanied by live piano and sound effects.
Further advancements brought the onset of the talkies in 1923, marrying film and sound together and the release of three-strip Technicolor film in the 1930s.
Recent developments such as the 1990s computer animated movies to today’s popular 3D movies continue to draw movie fans to the silver screen in ever increasing numbers.
The Empress Theatre has been a part of the exciting movie industry since its earliest days.
It was the fourth theatre built in Fort Macleod entering the entertainment scene during a booming time when silent films were a popular pastime.
Today, the Empress stands as the only remaining theatre in Fort Macleod and a true testament to the town’s resilience and spirit.
One hundred years of film have graced this grand lady’s screen and to celebrate this major milestone, Monday evenings will bring a weekly featured film from one of the past 10 decades.
Nosferatu
The Sept. 10 launch will see the return of Nosferatu to the silver screen. This 1922 classic German expressionist horror film rated PG in Alberta also called Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula directed by F.W. Murnau and starring Max Schreck as Count Orlock the vampire.
The film is the first Dracula/horror film, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel.
For horror fans and thrill seekers, taking in this classic film at the 100-year-old ghost inhabited Empress Theatre could just prove to be a new experience to remember for years to come.
Safety Last
Monday, Sept. 17 will bring Safety Last to the Empress, a film originally released back on April 1, 1923 and unrated in Alberta.
Today Safety Last is still viewed as one of the great film comedies of all time. Starring Harold Lloyd, this silent romantic comedy features the climbing stunts of this early motion picture star while the film title spoofs the common expression “Safety First!”

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