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The Jazz Singer & Vitaphone Varieties

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  • THE JAZZ SINGER90th ANNIVERSARYDirected by Alan Crosland(1927) Al Jolson’s cantor’s son Jack Robin (né Jakie Rabinowitz), in a fictionalization of his own life story (from the play by Samson Raphaelson, later screenwriter of Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise, Shop Around the Corner, etc.), forsakes the family biz for the show biz. A special Academy Award cited it as “the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revolutionized the industry.” Tonight’s screening commemorates its world premiere 90 years ago at Warners’ Theatre, Broadway at 52nd Street, on October 6, 1927. 4K DCP restoration. Approx. 88 min.4:10, 7:30VITAPHONE VARIETIES: 1926-1927Both screenings introduced by Ron Hutchinson, founder of the Vitaphone ProjectThe Vitaphone Project co-presents this program of vaudeville and musical shorts from the earliest days of the sound era, featuring Al Jolson (in a sound short made a year before The Jazz Singer), Abe Lyman and His Band, Willie & Eugene Howard, The Happiness Boys, Blossom Seeley & Bennie Fields, Eddie White, Waring’s Pennsylvanians, and more all in restored 35mm prints from the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Approx. 90 min.2:40, 6:00DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.