The Magic Lantern Society presents
Various Countries | 1890s
Where did the movies come from? Sophisticated glass-slide projectors known as “magic lanterns” were the direct predecessor of the cinema, reaching the height of their popularity during the 1890s. Tonight, members of The Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada (which is holding its bi-annual convention in Cleveland) will re-create yesteryear’s lantern shows in a series of live performances utilizing authentic 19th-century equipment and hand-painted slides. Encompassing travelogues, temperance stories, moral lessons, fairy tales, comic views, and popular songs and poems, lantern shows are a treat for all ages. So travel back in time with us; there will be nothing tawdry or coarse, and nothing cheap (excepting the charge for admission). Approx. 90 min
Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25-13 $9; kids 12 & under $5. No passes. Special thanks to Larry Rakow.
Face masks, though always recommended, must be worn by filmgoers only when the CDC’s community risk level for Covid in Cuyahoga County is HIGH. Visit cia.edu/covid for the current community risk level and see the “Face Coverings” section for our detailed mask requirements.
As a reminder, filmgoers can park for free in Lot 73 and in the Institute's annex lot, and should enter CIA via nearby Entrance C. Click here for a map.
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General Admission: $11
Member: $8 (includes CIA and CSU I.D. holders)
Age 25 & under: $8 (proof of age required)
Additional film on the same day: $8 (or the member price for that film)
Note: Certain films cost more. Exceptions are noted.
No refunds unless screening is canceled.