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Ready For Her Close-up: La Jolla’s Silent Past Shines In Free Film Screening

Ready For Her Close-up: La Jolla’s Silent Past Shines In Free Film Screening


Scott Paulson, exhibits coordinator, UC San Diego Library


Free outdoor screening of silent films by La Jolla Cinema League

When: Thursday, August 20 at 8:00 pm

Where: South lawn, Wisteria Cottage, La Jolla Historical Society at 780 Prospect St.

Contact: (858) 822-5758 or

Vintage films made by plucky amateur filmmakers from La Jolla during the 1920s will have another chance to shine Thursday night during a free screening by the La Jolla Historical Society.

The screening showcases three silent films produced by the La Jolla Cinema League: "A Midsummer's Day" (1926), "Avarice" (1927) and "Virtue's Reward" or "Blood for Bonds" (1927). Travelogue footage of Balboa Park will also be shown.

The La Jolla Cinema League was a group of wealthy amateurs filmmakers enthralled with the relatively new motion picture technology. The group produced several features and shorts in San Diego between 1926 and 1929.

Two founding members of the group, P.H. and Elizabeth Adams were a married couple. Their daughters gifted the entire collection of La Jolla Cinema League films to the La Jolla Historical Society and the San Diego History Center.

The La Jolla Historical Society has teamed up with the UC San Diego Library to present the films. UC San Diego Event coordinator Scott Paulson will provide musical accompaniment and sound effects, using a variety of non-traditional instruments and sound makers.

The free screening is set for 8 p.m. on south lawn of the Wisteria Cottage at the La Jolla Historical Society.

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