Come toast the 90th anniversary of the Michigan Theater and its historic Barton Organ on Friday, January 5 at 7:00 PM with a screening of the 1928 silent film Show People. The musical talents of Andrew Rogers will surely delight as his live organ accompaniment ring with nostalgia from the era. The film, the Michigan Theater and the Barton Organ are all from 1928.
Film historian and critic Leonard Maltin calls the movie a “delightful silent comedy about a girl from the sticks who tries to crash Hollywood—and succeeds!”
Ticket prices for the screening have been rolled back— fifty-cents to the general public and FREE for Michigan Theater members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at michtheater.org/show/show-people/or at the door.
The event will serve as the kickoff for the second phase of the State & Michigan Project campaign. The initial phase recently culminated in the re-opening of the State Theatre after a 15-month renovation. The second phase will focus on vital capital improvements to the beloved Michigan Theater, including new seats, new carpeting, plaster repair, technical upgrades and the completion of the Barton Organ restoration.
About Show People:
Marion Davies has stars in her eyes in this delightful look at silent Hollywood, directed by King Vidor and costarring William Haines. All Peggy Pepper (Davies) wants in life is to be a great dramatic actress. But when rowdy slapstick comic Billy Boyle (Haines) gives Peggy her big break, she puts her dreams on hold and becomes America’s comedy queen. So when prestigious High Arts Studio offers her the chance to play serious roles and Peggy gets an awfully swelled head, it’s up to Billy to burst her bubble and bring Peggy down to earth. Loosely based on Gloria Swanson’s career, Show People features cameos by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks,John Gilbert, William S. Hart and more in this bright and snappy ode to Hollywood stardom.