Silent Movies at Historic 1896 One-Room Schoolhouse

movie night

LPS Teacher Toby Black watches Felix the Cat

When was the last time you attended a silent movie?  Yes, a movie with no sound!

Join the Mount Prospect Historical Society at the museum campus, 101-103 S. Maple St., on Wednesday, August 10 (rain date August 11) and enjoy old-fashioned silent movies.  The museum grounds open at 7:30 p.m. and the silent movies start at 8 p.m.

Silent film had no spoken dialogue.  Actors used muted gestures and emphasized their body language and facial expressions so the audience could understand the feeling the actor was portraying on the screen.  It was common for a pianist to play background music.

movienight2016Bring your chair or blanket and sit beneath the summer night skies as the Mount Prospect Historical Society takes you back to the early days of cinema.  The Historical Society will be showing films featuring Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Movie goers will have an opportunity to purchase refreshments and ice cream, and you may even get the opportunity to take a peek inside the 1896 Central Schoolhouse to see how far restoration has come.

All proceeds support the many educational projects of the Society and help to pay for upkeep on the more than 100-year-old museum and 1896 one-room Central Schoolhouse.  For more information about contributing to the Central School project, phone 847/392-9006 or visit

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