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Museum sponsors showing of de Mille’s ‘Chicago’


May 3, 2012

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will sponsor a showing of Cecil B. DeMille’s silent classic “Chicago” on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. hosted by Seth Goldman, director of the museum’s Institute of Early Film Studies, at the historical Paramount Theater in Middletown. Ben Model, silent film accompanist for the Museum of Modern Art for the last 28 years, will provide the live soundtrack for the film on the theatre’s Wurlitzer organ.

For many years, it was believed that no copies of this film existed; then it was discovered in the private collection of DeMille himself. Although Frank Urson is credited as the director, it was widely known (and even publicized) at the time that producer DeMille directed most of the film.

“We want to open our events up to a greater audience, and let them see what kind of interesting programs we are offering at the museum,” said Goldman.

The theatre is located at 17 South Street. The suggested minimum donation is $5. The museum is located at 26 Hoag Road, in Cuddebackville. Visit www.neversinkmu seum.org.