Boardwalk Hall silent film screening offers live music from world's largest pipe organ

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Steven Ball of the Historic Organ Preservation Committee will play the Kimball organ during a screening of the silent film Steven Ball of the Historic Organ Preservation Committee will play the Kimball organ during a screening of the silent film ATLANTIC CITY – The Garden State Film Festival and the Historic Organ Restoration Committee have teamed up for a unique fundraiser that showcases Boardwalk Hall’s Kimball organ and Midmer-Losh pipe organ.

A screening of the 1926 silent film adventure, “The Black Pirate,” starring Douglas Fairbanks, at 7 p.m. April 3 will be accompanied by live organ music. The screening kicks off the Garden State Film Festival, which located here after several years in Asbury Park. The festival is part of the DO AC campaign’s effort to increase artistic and cultural opportunities for Atlantic City residents and visitors.

Film festival organizers selected the Historic Organ Restoration Committee, Inc. as the beneficiary of its inaugural year in Atlantic City.

“I am awed and inspired by the dedication of everyone at HORC,” festival co-founder Diane Raver said. “Their commitment to preserving this iconic part of history matches our desire to remind the world that New Jersey was the birthplace of the film industry.”

The Black Pirate will come to life as organist Steven Ball performs the musical score live on the Kimball organ, which was originally designed to provide soundtracks for silent movies. The Kimball organ can provide a wide variety of styles that conjure up imaginable effects, from birds singing to a symphony orchestra.

Tickets to the event are $15 and can be purchased at Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, and online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-736-1420. A cash bar and concessions will be available on the concourse.

For additional information about the pipe organ restoration project, call Steven Ball at 609-348-7499 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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