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SU Faculty, Campus Theatre Celebrate 80 years of “Talkies”

October 11, 2007

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna University faculty will help The Campus Theatre celebrate 80 years of talking pictures during an Oct. 14 screening of “The Jazz Singer.” The program begins at 1:30 p.m. with a pre-screening discussion of the film's significance with Laurence Roth, associate professor of English and Jewish Studies at Susquehanna University, and Rick Benjamin, a music and entertainment historian and director of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.

The show's producer, Mike Glazer, will moderate the pre-screening discussion. Admission is $1, the original matinee price when the film debuted in 1927.

Starring Al Jolson, “The Jazz Singer” was the first feature-length “talkie,” synchronizing dramatic action with voice. Jolson played Jakie Rabinowitz, a young immigrant who defied his traditional Jewish family to become a jazz singer. His first lines, “Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain't heard nothin' yet,” serendipitously foretold the future of filmmaking.

The screening is made possible by funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PA Partners in the Arts, Community Partnerships RC&D and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Campus Theatre, located at 413 Market St., Lewisburg, has been in operation since 1941. Under the direction of Mary Bannon, a lecturer in screenwriting and film studies at Susquehanna University, the theatre is Central Pennsylvania's source for first-run independent and foreign films, as well as quality Hollywood releases.

Contact: Victoria Kidd


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