Silent film returns to Proctors, with live music!

Silent film returns to Proctors, with live music!

Nosferatu, The Big Parade and a tribute to Buster Keaton in October and November

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—OCT. 12, 2018—The first billed entertainment at Proctors, in 1926, was a seven-reel silent film, Stranded in Paris, starring Bebe Daniels. That particular cinematic footnote is now gone, lost to the mists of time. But there are plenty of other great silent features that remain, and Proctors gets back to its roots in October and November with a trio of programs celebrating the horror, drama, comedy and genius of the silent era.

F.W. Murnau’s ethereal Nosferatu is just right for the season, a supernatural shocker that established many of the genre’s longstanding tropes. This vampire classic (with the eternal Max Schreck in the title role) will be accompanied by the performance of a new chamber rock score by Proctors favorites The Andrew Alden Ensemble.

Alden has previously worked his magic in Schenectady with original scores for Night of the Living Dead, The Lost World and Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages.

Nosferatu, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, GE Theatre at Proctors, $15.

Another Proctors favorite, Avery Tunningley, takes over musical duties for 1925’s The Big Parade, playing Goldie, the Mighty Wurlitzer, for this MainStage presentation of the John Gilbert classic. Tunningley, organist and musical director for St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar, has been playing to the screen for over 20 years.

Enjoy Proctors new seats while stepping back in time for a golden era movie house experience!

The Big Parade, 6:30 p.m, Monday Nov. 5, MainStage at Proctors, $10.

Finally, The Great Buster pays tribute to celluloid pioneer and comic mastermind Buster Keaton. This contemporary documentary, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and featuring stars like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke, looks at Keaton’s innovations and unique style.

“No matter that Keaton’s best work is nearly a century old; it always had and still has a more modern edge to it than that of any of his contemporaries,” says The Hollywood Reporter.

The Great Buster, 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7; 3, 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, GE Theatre at Proctors, $6–$9.

Tickets available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204 and online at