Debut Of Silent Film ELLA CINDERS This Saturday Features Performances By Local Artists

Debut Of Silent Film ELLA CINDERS This Saturday Features Performances By Local Artists

Duck Soup Cinema, Overture Center's silent film series that celebrates the heritage of the Capitol Theater, returns on Saturday, Jan. 19 with two screenings of Ella Cinders at 2 and 7 p.m. This is the first screening of Ella Cinders as part of Duck Soup Cinema.

Ella Cinders | Saturday, Jan. 19, 2 & 7 p.m. | Tickets $8/$3 (children)

  • This 1926 silent comedy stars Colleen Moore
  • Lloyd Hughes co-stars
  • Retelling of the Cinderella story
  • While no known 35 MM prints of this film exist, the Library of Congress (LOC) preserved it as a DVD from a remaining 16 MM print. Ella Cinders was named a film of "cultural, historical or esthetic importance" by the National Film Registry of the LOC in 2013. Overture obtained the movie from the LOC.
  • According to the website, "The film is an archetype of 1920s comedy, featuring a star whose air of emancipation inspired her generation."
  • Organist: Jelani Eddington
  • MC: Joe Thompson
  • Lobby acts: Wayne the Wizard, Doc the Rube
  • Vaudeville acts: Angela Puerta, Singer; Tara Harris, baton twirler; Danielle Crim, singer

Duck Soup Cinema is nationally known for providing an authentic silent film experience in the historic Capitol Theater, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in January 2018. Film showings include vaudeville entertainment with an emcee, door prizes and a classic feature film with live organ accompaniment on the theater's original 1928 Grand Barton Organ.

For over 30 years, Overture has revived and celebrated the heritage and legacy of Capitol Theater, originally built for silent film and opened in 1928. The two series, 'Sounds of Silents' (1986-1998) and 'Duck Soup Cinema' (1999-present), have engaged patrons in nearly 95,000 silent film experiences, garnering national recognition for authenticity complete with music on the 1928 Grand Barton Organ, one of the last of its kind still in its original theater.

Remaining Duck Soup Cinema performances in Overture's 2018/19 season:

The Wind | Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7 p.m. (special feature film)

This acclaimed 1928 drama was star Lillian Gish's last of the silent era.

Grandma's Boy | Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2 & 7 p.m.

In this 1922 comedy, a timid man (Harold Lloyd) gets a valuable lesson from his grandmother.

Tickets are available at, at Overture Center's ticket office at 201 State St. or by calling 608.258.4141. Many shows offer discounted group tickets for orders of 10 or more tickets in the same show/performance. Group requests can be placed now by emailing or calling 608.258.4159.

Duck Soup Cinema is sponsored by Goodman Jewelers. Additional funding provided by Madison Stagehands and Projectionists Union, I.A.T.S.E Local 251, contributions to Overture Center for the Arts and by members of the Duck Soup Cinema Club.

Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wis., features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies and hundreds of local artists engage people in nearly 600,000 educational and artistic experiences each year.

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