THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA following Under the Elms

Director: Lon Chaney Jr, Rupert Julian, Edward Sedgwick
Cast: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry

In collaboration with the 2018 UNDER THE ELMS concert series, the Athena Cinema presents a FREE community screening of the 1925 silent film classic “The Phantom of the Opera”. 

At 7:00 UNDER THE ELMS presents “Music of the Night”: Music from stage and screen with John Schlabach and Joshua Nightingale, trumpet. College Green (Memorial Auditorium if inclement weather).

At 8:00 The Athena Cinema Presents Lon Chaney’s 1925 “Phantom of the Opera” with live musical accompaniment. Free admission, tickets are required and may be secured in advance or day of show.

In this silent horror classic, aspiring young opera singer Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin) discovers that she has a mysterious admirer intent on helping her become a lead performer. This enigmatic masked presence is Erik, also known as the Phantom (Lon Chaney), a horribly disfigured recluse who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. When the Phantom takes Christine prisoner and demands her devotion and affection, her suitor, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry), sets out to rescue her.


Sean Parsons is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator. Originally from Illinois, Sean holds a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in jazz studies from DePaul University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois. Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Sean has held faculty positions at Marshall University and Illinois Wesleyan University. He is in demand as a performer and clinician nationwide. Sean has been invited to direct several All-State and district big bands, combos, and vocal jazz ensembles and has shared the stage with many of the most notable musicians in jazz including Clark Terry, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Steve Turre, and Randy Brecker. Additionally, he has regularly performed with and arranged for Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., winner of the 2011 America’s Got Talent competition.

Sean serves on the Athens City School Board and as the organist for St. Paul Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, WV. He lives with his wife Jen who is the Director of the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery and his twin 9 year old children Coltrane and Emily. While too young to have careers, Coltrane aspires to be a computer scientist and Emily a scientist with her specilization to be determined. As of the time of writing this bio, she is making her case to study chameleons and hopes to convince her parents to allow her to have her own in the near future.


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Running Time: 93 minutes93 MIN
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Lon Chaney's performance as the hideous organist prowling the sewers beneath the Paris Opera is still a cornerstone of gothic horror.

J.R. Jones
Chicago Reader