Organ to accompany silent horror movie

BELLEVUE – St. John’s Lutheran Church, 209 Southwest St., Bellevue, is to be the venue for a screening of Paramount-Artcraft Studio’s 1920 classic silent film, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

The lights in the church will dim, the movie will roll, and the 3,500-pipe organ will boom at 7 p.m. Sunday. The audience will be catapulted back 93 years in cinematic history.

Admission is free.

“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” stars John Barrymore in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of two personalities existing in one body: Dr. Henry Jekyll, a kind and generous individual, and the evil Edward Hyde.

Clark Wilson will be at the console of St. John’s pipe organ. Wilson is regarded by many as the most accomplished theater organist in the United States. Film critic Leonard Maltin called Wilson, “the master of the silent film and showman of the first order.”

Wilson also has done hundreds of film presentations at schools, universities, performing arts centers, theaters, film festivals and conventions.