Springville Center for the Arts is bringing outdoor cinema to town
Saturday July 7, 2012 | By:Press Release
Outdoor cinema is returning to Springville on Friday, July 13, with a screening of “Our Hospitality,” starring Buster Keaton. The Springville Center for the Arts and the Springville Rail Trail are presenting an outdoor screening on the railroad tracks near the station on Depot Street. Dr. Philip Carli will make an encore appearance to perform the sound track to the film.
A spoof on the Hatfield and McCoy feud, “Our Hospitality” opens with the death of John McKay and James Canfield. Mrs. McKay takes her infant son to New York to keep him away from the feud.
Twenty-one years later, Willie McKay receives news that he has inherited an estate. He boards a train and meets a woman. When he arrives in town, he discovers that the girl is Canfield’s daughter and the Canfield boys will stop at nothing to kill this McKay. Keaton is oblivious.
Carli, a staff accompanist at the George Eastman House, has performed sound tracks to silent films at festivals and conventions around the world. His piano performance is part of the film and he will present the audience with a view into the movie’s history.
This is Keaton’s first official feature-length film. Keaton himself experienced several train wrecks traveling as a child vaudeville star. “No other machine, in life or in film, enchanted him more than trains,” biographer Marion Meade wrote. The film is a look at the 1800 as seen from 1920s America and stars an early steam engine from the 1830s, known as Stephenson’s Rocket.
The screening will begin at dusk. Seating begins at 8 p.m. Viewers may bring something to sit on. The film is appropriate for all ages.
Admission is free. In the event of rain, the location will be moved to Springville Center for the Arts at 37 North Buffalo St. For more information, call 592-9038.