G. Frank Thomas Foundation

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Relive the glory of the silent-film era, accompanied by the mighty Wurlitzer! Sat October 30, 2021 | 2:00 PM

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star. The film remains most famous for Chaney’s ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film’s premiere. The film was released on November 15, 1925.

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