Event Brings La Mesa's Film History To Life

LA MESA -- Members of the La Mesa Historical Society are cooking up an interesting evening of history in action with plans to screen several of the silent films produced in La Mesa before Hollywood became the West Coast's film center.

The historical society will team with the Theatre Organ Society of San Diego for an evening of local “living” cinematic history with organ-accompanied silent films.

The event will underscore Hollywood’s long-forgotten roots in La Mesa as the films will be presented in historic style, with noted San Diego pipe organist Russ Peck performing his new scores to three classic silent films, two of which were made here locally in 1911.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m., Oct. 19, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church at 3902 Kenwood Drive, Spring Valley. Advance tickets are $12. Tickets at the door are $15. Advance tickets are available through the La Mesa Historical Society, P.O. Box 882, La Mesa, 91944 or 619-466-0197. Advance tickets will be held at will-call at the door.

This family-friendly event will feature noted organist Peck’s accompaniment on the Theatre Organ Society’s historic Wurlizer 4/24 Pipe Organ installed at the Trinity Presbyterian Church. The show will start with local historian Jim Newland’s short presentation on the pioneering American Film Manufacturing Company’s one-year tenure in La Mesa from 1911-12, led by future legendary film director Allan Dwan.

It will be followed by Peck’s accompaniment to two locally made 1911 “Flying A” 15 minute one-reelers “Three Million Dollars” and “The Poisoned Flume” and a 1917 Dwan directed one hour feature “A Modern Musketeer” starring silent film superstar Douglas Fairbanks.


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