Cleveland Orchestra’s 2018-19 At the Movies series

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced its 2018-19 At the Movies series, during which theater and music fans can watch iconic films on the big screen with live accompaniment.

The schedule:

8 p.m. Oct. 26, 2018: “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog” (1927), featuring Todd Wilson on organ.

An annual Halloween favorite! — a horror movie masterpiece of the silent film era, with the musical accompaniment improvised live by acclaimed organist Todd Wilson on Severance Hall’s grand Norton Memorial Organ. The third feature film by a young Alfred Hitchcock, this silent film is generally acknowledged to be the one where he truly found his distinctive style of suspense, menace, macabre humor, and brilliant, elegant camerawork that assured his place among cinema’s giants. The suspenseful hunt is on for a “Jack the Ripper”-like serial killer in London: the new lodger (Ivor Novello) seems ideal … quiet, humble, and pays a month’s rent in advance. But his mysterious and suspicious behavior soon has them wondering if he’s the killer terrorizing local blond girls.

8 p.m. March 1, 2019: “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955), featuring the Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Scott Dunn.

Live fast, die young. Hailed as “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress, this groundbreaking 1955 American drama stars James Dean in one of moviedom’s most influential roles as a rebellious teen in a new town, whose loneliness, frustration, and anger mirrored those of postwar teens – and reverberates more than 60 years later. Leonard Rosenmann’s beautiful, dramatic, and angst-ridden score is played live to the film, which includes Academy Award®-nominated performances by Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood.

3 p.m. April 28, 2019: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), featuring the Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Vinay Parameswaran and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.

We are not alone! Written and directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring a groundbreaking score by the legendary John Williams, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one of the most treasured and influential science fiction films of all time. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), is an ordinary man, an electrical lineman who experiences a close encounter with an unidentified flying object. Increasingly obsessed with this unexplained phenomenon, Roy is drawn to a series of seemingly random strangers, each of whom has come in contact with similar UFOs, eventually making his way to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, where he finds the answers he seeks and where his life is forever changed.

All programs are sponsored by PNC Bank and take place at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland. The programs, artists and prices are subject to change.

Subscriptions for the 2018-19 “At the Movies” series start at $78 for a three-movie package, a savings of up to 20 percent off individual ticket prices, according to a news release.

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