If you are already mapping out your calendar for Halloween 2015, save some days for the “Old Town Music Haunt” – that is, the annual, month-long series of old-fashioned black-and-white horror films that will screen in El Segundo’s Old Town Music Hall. This year’s titles include The Flying Serpent, The Cat and the Canary, The Bride of Frankenstein , and Dracula.
The series launches on the weekend of October 2 & 3 with The Flying Serpent (1946), which stars George Zucco as a mad archaeologist, who uses an ancient reptilian creature to dispatch his enemies. Paul Leni’s atmospheric silent version of The Cat and the Canary (1927) screens on the weekend of October 9-11. The immensely wonderful The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, starring Boris Karloff) celebrates its 80th anniversary with screenings on October 16-18. And on October 23-25, Bela Lugosi rises from the grave to seek blood as Dracula (1931, reviewed here). The series winds up with the Old Town Music Hall’s annual Halloween favorite, The Phantom of the Opera, on Friday and Saturday, October 30 & 31
Except for The Flying Serpent and The Phantom of the Opera, all film screens four times on three days: Friday at 8:15pm; Saturday at 2:30pm and 8:15pm; and Sunday at 2:30pm. Flying Serpent and Phantom will screen only on Friday and Saturday, with no show on Sunday.
The Old Town Music Hall will begin each show with a live musical performance on its in-house Wurlitzer organ, including an audience sing along. After a short comedy film and a 15-minute intermission, the feature film will commence. There will also be live music to accompany The Cat and the Canary.
Also in October, Old Town Music Hall will screen a color monster movie of slightly more recent vintage, The Fly (1958), on Sunday, October 18th at 7:30pm only. Preceded by an episode of the Flash Gordon serial (1936), The Fly screens not as part of “Old Town Music Haunt” but as an installment of the Music Hall’s semi-regular “Sci-Fi Sundays.”
Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors 62 and over. Doors open a half-hour before showtime. No advance tickets.
The Old Town Music Hall is located at 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo 90245. Call (310) 322-2592 for more info, or visit their website: oldtownmusichall.org.
Get more details on individual screenings at the links below.