“Phantom of the Opera” on the Mighty Wurlitzer!

Looking for something fun to do on Halloween? You might want to consider a one-of-a-kind experience right here in Philadelphia.

Macy’s at 13th and Market Streets is home to the Wanamaker Organ, also known as The Mighty Wurlitzer, the world’s largest playing pipe organ. On Sunday, October 31, Jim Riggs will play organ accompaniment to the 1925 silent film classic The Phantom of the Opera. Tickets are $10 and available starting at 4:00 pm on Sunday. Go to Macy’s third floor, right outside of Greek Hall.

Learn more about Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin, the stars of Rupert Julian’s 1925 direction of The Phantom of the Opera. We have a wonderful book in Greenfield Reference called Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses.

You can also learn more about the Wanamaker Organ in Music in the Marketplace: The Story of Philadelphia’s Historic Wanamaker Organ, from John Wanamaker to Lord & Taylor. It’s available in the Music Library, along with the LP Virgil Fox plays the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ.

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