St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will again be offering Halloween weekend entertainment in the city by hosting a special screening of the classic 1920 horror film, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” on Saturday, October 28 at 7pm. The film, which is based on the book “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson, starred legendary actor John Barrymore. The silent movie will be accompanied by Jack Bollman, Organist at St. Stephen’s in Olean, NY on St. Luke’s Aeolin Skinner organ.
In this original film portrayal of the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, John Barrymore takes on the double role of the kindly Doctor and his horrible alter-ego, Mr. Hyde. Barrymore’s memorable performance was highlighted by his uncanny ability to contort his face as the madman, and is said to have been the role that made the actor famous.
St. Luke’s will also be presenting their annual rendition of the Haunted Boiler Room that same evening in the church’s undercroft, with several creepy stations, manned by various ghouls and goblins. In addition to the other festivities, there will games and Halloween crafts for children and refreshments will be provided.
The Rev. Luke Fodor, Rector of St. Luke’s invites the public to come and enjoy the holiday showing and spooky shenanigans in the church basement, which will also serve as a fundraiser for the local community.
“We are very happy to offer another silent movie with our friends from Olean this year.” says Fodor. “Our past audiences have been quite pleased with this unique form of entertainment, and we are excited to contribute to the busy holiday weekend in the city. This particular film, which includes a main character with multiple personalities, also lends itself to our recent theme of addressing the stigma of mental health in our community. While there is no charge for the event, there will be a free-will offering collected to support the work of the Mental Health Association.”
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street, Corner of Fourth and Main, Jamestown. For more information about the evening please contact the church office at 716-483-6405.