Overture's Duck Soup Cinema Features TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR ROOM

Shows take place on Saturday, June 3.

By: May. 23, 2023

Overture's Duck Soup Cinema Features TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR ROOM

Overture's Duck Soup Cinema silent film series, nationally known for providing an authentic silent film experience in the historic Capitol Theater, wraps up its 2022/23 season with “Ten Nights in a Bar Room” on Saturday, June 3. Shows begin at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and include vaudeville entertainment with an emcee, door prizes and classic feature film with live organ accompaniment by a skilled organist who mirrors the actors' emotions, just as it was done in 1928. Tickets ($9 for adults, $3 for ages 12 and under) are available at overture.org.

Jelani Eddington will accompany the film on the Grand Barton Organ. Joe Thompson will return to emcee the series, complete with vaudeville acts, including a performance by The House Inc. (see description below) and prizes.


In “Ten Nights in a Bar Room,” a 1926 melodrama, a man is swindled out of his mill business and turns to drink. After losing his daughter who is hit in the head by a glass during a bar brawl, he is reborn and runs for mayor a couple years later. Based on the popular temperance poem by Timothy Shay Arthur, this rarely-seen version was performed by an African-American cast and features an especially compelling performance by Charles Gilpin. It is the only surviving film produced by the Colored Players Film Corporation of Philadelphia and was mastered from 35mm film elements preserved by the George Eastman House. Starring Charles Gilpin and Myra Burwell.

An example of a “race film” made for and by Black audiences of the time, these performances will feature special events for ticket holders, including a pre-show virtual workshop with Dr. James Spinks (Department of Afro American Research, Arts and Culture's Archive) exploring Early Afro-American Cinema. Additionally, Dr. Allyson Nadia Field (University of Chicago) will join the performances as a special guest and lead post-performance talkbacks.

The Grant Barton Organ is one of only a few historic theater organs still in its original home and one of three unaltered Barton Organs still in existence. It has been delighting audience members in Capitol Theater since 1928.


Students Selected for 2023/24 Jerry Ensembles at the Overture Photo
Students Selected for 2023/24 Jerry Ensembles at the Overture

Overture Center for the Arts and The Grand Theater in Wausau have named nearly 40 Wisconsin high school students to their 2023/24 Jerry Ensembles, the premier vocal performance groups representing the Jerry Awards. Learn more about the students here!

Overture Center Foundation Reveals Board Changes Photo
Overture Center Foundation Reveals Board Changes

Overture Center Foundation announces board changes and sets goals for the future during annual meeting. Find out more about the member updates and plans for the upcoming months.

Overture Kicks Off Free 2023/24 Kids In The Rotunda Series in October Photo
Overture Kicks Off Free 2023/24 'Kids In The Rotunda' Series in October

Kids in the Rotunda, Madison's family-friendly, free Saturday arts performance series, kicks off its first performance of the season on Overture Center's Rotunda stage with David Landau on Saturday, Oct. 7. Learn more about the series here!

ALADDIN Comes to the Overture Center in October Photo
ALADDIN Comes to the Overture Center in October

The highly-anticipated Disney’s Aladdin is bound to be a magical opener for the 2023/24 Broadway season at Overture Center for the Arts. Learn more about the upcoming musical here!

More Hot Stories For You


#repshow# in #getregions.name[i]# Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Peninsula Players Theatre (9/06-10/15)
#repshow# in #getregions.name[i]# A Timely Intervention by the Former Barber of Seville (Figaro’s Final Adventure)
Bartell Theatre (9/29-10/07)

Recommended For You