The Meridian Star
Cost of admission is a canned good
By Michael Stewart
The Temple Theatre for the Performing Arts is wrapping up the year with two shows in which the cost of admission is a canned good item that will be donated to local charities during the holiday season.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Temple Theatre will present the original 1920 silent film, The Mark of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery.
Prior to the "talkies," silent films were accompanied by a pianist or organist. In keeping with that tradition, organist David Benson, will perform during The Mark of Zorro on the theater's rare Robert Morton Pipe Organ that boasts 778 pipes.
The show is the third in series at the theater titled "Silent Saturdays."
"A lot of kids have never seen and heard what a silent movie is like," Temple Theatre owner Roger Smith said. "It's a lot more exciting than you would think and its educational."
On Sunday at 3 p.m., the theater will show the popular animated movie, The Polar Express, which is touted as the first all-digital capture film.
"We encourage parents to come in their pajamas and to bring their children in pajamas," Smith said.
Smith said the showing of The Polar Express is a Christmas season tradition.
Unlike past years, however, admission is free, with the exception of a canned good.
"This year we thought we would do it for free to thank everybody in Meridian for their great patronage of our shows," Smith said. "Everybody's got a canned good, so we thought this would be a good way to collect canned goods to give to charity food banks."