The Phantom of the Opera!!!
…er…or… Phantom of the mythical Jacobs Theatre
either or really
This weekend we are celebrating one of the original gothic horror stories. The Phantom of the Opera. Originally a book written in 1910 by Gaston Leroux (which he claimed until his death that it was based on a true story) there are now countless adaptations.
Starting our double feature weekend off we begin with the silent film The Phantom of the Opera from 1925 which helped inspire and to begin Universal’s monster movie universe. Perhaps you have heard of the movies Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf man, or Creature from the Black Lagoon? They owe it all the Lon Chaney as the Phantom in this silent film. The silent film can be found to stream all over.
The more well known version of the story is probably the 1986 musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Therefore, we are ending our double feature with The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary which is a recorded version of the musical in order to really get the correct theatrical feel!
So keep the hand at the level of your eyes as we journey into the pits of the Paris Opera house to find the musical man…or ghost. You can decide.