Live Silent Film Show

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Meridian's Temple Theater featured a live silent film show Saturday night in which live music was performed both before and during the show.

A musician played a theater organ before the show and someone played a grand piano during.

Two of the three comedies played Saturday are new offerings written and directed by young filmmaker, Rex Harsin. He says his films area throwback to the 1920's. He hopes audience members appreciate the entertaining experience.

"We want to help Meridian to have a unique experience going to the films. It's unlike anything else. We have live music. So the chance to see live music with a film is very rare. We want to provide that unique experience," says Harsin.

Harsin hopes to have the film show more often at the Temple.

Temple Theater owner, Roger Smith, says one of his goals is to foster growth of downtown by encouraging young artists like Harsin. But he said community and business support is also needed for the effort to be successful.

"I am 110% certain that if we do not bring the youth to the downtown area of Meridian then we will never thrive or rebound. We have to embrace the artistic abilities of the young people if we are going to call this a city where music started and a place for the arts. We need to embrace the young artistic minds and draw them downtown and make them feel welcome," explains Smith.

The third film is a 1924 film, "Sherlock Junior", starring Buster Keaton.

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