Spreckels Pavilion Balboa Park. Photo credit: BalboaPark.org

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion hosts Silent Movie Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, an event that commemorates the centennial of the San Diego and Arizona Railway.

The free celebration serves as the finale for this summer’s San Diego International Organ Festival at Balboa Park

Organist and recording artist Clark Wilson, known for his silent movie accompaniment, has performed at the prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Films being screened include Chasing Choo Choos and Sherlock, Jr., starring one of the icons of the silent film era, comedian Buster Keaton.

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association collaborated with event organizers to choose Chasing Choo Choos. It marks the anniversary of the San Diego & Arizona Railway, built by John D. Spreckels, a local pioneer, in 1919. 

The 1927 comedy culminates in a chase filmed along the railway in the San Diego County backcountry. The line linked the city to El Centro.

The historic 1914 Spreckels Organ, the largest open-air musical instrument in the world, hosts public events throughout the year. Organizers welcome children, pets and picnics for the shows.

A beer and wine fest will be part of the proceedings at the nearby Japanese Friendship Garden – admission is $45.

– Staff reports

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