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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church To Host Halloween Celebration

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will offer Halloween weekend entertainment by hosting a special screening of the classic 1923 silent movie, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

The film, which stars Lon Chaney Sr. will be accompanied by Jack Bollman, organist at St. Stephen’s in Olean, on St. Luke’s Aeolin Skinner organ.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is set in fifteenth century Paris at the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame. Chaney, who was known at the time as the “man of a million faces,” portrays a disfigured bell ringer, Quasimodo, who falls in love with the gypsy girl Esmerelda. The story is based on the 1831 novel by Victor Hugo and was Universal Studios most successful silent film, said to have set the standard for later films of the same genre.

St. Luke’s will also be presenting their second 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.

“We are delighted to have our friends from Olean back again with another film,” said the Rev. Luke Fodor, Rector of St. Luke’s. “Since St. Luke’s is located right in the middle of things here in the city, we are happy to offer our space to the public on this busy holiday weekend. Our past silent movies have proved to be very popular, and this particular film is quite appropriate for the occasion – it is sure to offer thrills and chills for young and old alike. Our intention is to provide an evening of holiday fun for the whole family – there will be something for everyone!”

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a free-will offering collected to support the work of the Chautauqua Blind Association.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 N. Main St., corner of Fourth and Main streets, Jamestown. For more information call the church office at 483-6405.

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