Film Club – Silent Film Festival2018-05-02T13:21:06+00:00
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General Admission:

Tickets: $15 per event segment | $47 for 3 Day pass | $30 Film Club Members


Individual segment tickets:

Friday Evening
Saturday Matinee
Saturday Evening
Sunday Matinee
Speakeasy After Party

Event Info

Dress as your favorite historical film star, flapper or mobster. Prizes awarded for the winners of the Speakeasy costume party.

Friday evening, May 4th

7PMFilm – Paul Wegener’s Golem with live musical score by Members of the Club Foot Orchestra

Saturday afternoon, May 5th

3PM – Films & Music by the VCS Radio Symphony
Music: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade – movement one
Talk:  Ralph Martin, VCS Radio Conservatory
Film: Georges Melies’ Trip to the Moon
Music: Raymond Scott’s Bumpy Weather over Newark
Talk: David Kiehn, Niles Essanay Film Museum
Film: David Kiehn’s Broncho Billy and the Bandit’s Secret

Saturday evening, May 5th

Frederick Hodges will be playing piano to accompany the three 35mm films on Saturday night.

7:30PM – Films:

Modelling (1921) animation featuring Koko the Clown, Max & Dave Fleischer (7 min, 35mm)
His Wooden Wedding (1925), starring Charley Chase, dir. Leo McCarey (20 min, 35mm)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) starring Buster Keaton, dir. Charles Reisner (70min, 35mm.)

10PM – Films: Sexy Silents & Flaming Flappers (Adult only, private access from the speakeasy bar)

Sunday afternoon, May 6th

12PM – Brunch included – Bagels & Champagne
1pm – Film: Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Master of the House with live musical score by Nitrate Blaze Chamber Ensemble

Speakeasy Info

In order to join the Speakeasy after party in the Empress Lounge you must buy a ticket to the Friday or Saturday evening silent film festival, then go to one of our participating partners to get your Speakeasy Key. You must have a key and a ticket to get into the after party. A 3 Day Festival pass is good for both nights and your key gets you in Friday and Saturday night. Otherwise your ticket and key are good for the night you purchased your silent film festival ticket. There is no party on Sunday (Brunch and Matinee only).

Get your Speakeasy Keys from a participating business:

Team Chevrolet – Main Sales Lobby Reception
China Wok – Front Counter
Victory Stores – Front Counter
Moshetti Artisan Roaster – Coffee Tasting Room
Vino Godfather – Tasting Room
Vallejo Ferry & Visitors Bureau – Information Desk in Terminal
Benicia Main Street – Front Counter
Visit any of our partners Wed, Thurs, or Fri before 5pm to get your key.

Speakeasy After Party Highlights:

Friday May 4th enjoy live music by “The Suspects of Soul” in the Empress Lounge and have access to the Speakeasy party with bathtub gin, flapper martini’s, and late night sexy silent films.Take memorable pictures in the Empress Photo Booth with a professional photographer on hand.
Saturday May 5th there will be food available in the cafe between the afternoon and evening films 5pm to 7pm. Then enjoy music by “Alvon” in the Empress Lounge with all of the Speakeasy party action mentioned above plus a special costume contest with a prize for best Speakeasy costume.

Become a Film Club Member

As a non-profit organization, the Empress Film Club depends on the loyalty of our members. Members receive free access to advance screenings, exciting new releases, and participate in our film selections and festival planning. Join our community of engaged and diverse film-lovers as we continue to deliver programs that entertain, enrich and educate. Meetings are every second Thursday of the month.