TICKETS are free for 12 and under, 65 and over, and members of the Embassy. All other tickets are $10 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. To avoid Ticketmaster fees for general tickets or to obtain free tickets, please visit the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy (260.424.5665) at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Embassy welcomes audiences back to the theater, to enjoy iconic films from a century past, set to the thrilling sounds of its 4-manual, 16-rank Grande Page Pipe organ. The Grande Page pipe organ is lovingly maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers, and has for the past century, drawn organ fanatics—at times, party train-cars full of them—to hear this magnificent organ played, by some of the greats—including our beloved Buddy Nolan. We hope to honor this history, and invite the community to join us as we re-visit silent cinema classics and feature artists such as Ken Double, Mark Herman, Dennis James and Clark Wilson, who will lend context to the films and music, at each event.
The theater lobby will be open to patrons one full hour prior to show-time.
The Embassy Theatre 2021-22 Organ and Film events will commence in September 2021 and will extend through July 2022.
If you prefer socially distanced seating please request socially distanced seating when you call the box office at 260.424.5665, along with the number of tickets and your name. Sensory kits and hearing assist devices also available at the Embassy Theatre Box Office.
A full listing of program events, follows:
- Sept 25, 2021 – Magnificent Melodies with Ken Double, a Grande Page organ concert
7:30 PM | 120 minutes, with 20 minute intermission
- May 1, 2022 – Buddy Nolan Memorial Concert with Mark Herman, a Grande Page organ concert
3:00PM | 120 minutes, with 20 minute intermission
- June 12, 2022 – Blood & Sand (1922), B&W silent film, with organist Dennis James
3:00PM | (80 min); starring Rudolph Valentino
- June 26, 2022 – Grandma’s Boy (1922); High and Dizzy, (1920); B&W silent films, organist Clark Wilson
3:00PM | Grandma’s Boy (60 min), High and Dizzy (26 min); films starring Harold Lloyd
- July 10, 2022 – Oliver Twist (1922), B&W silent film and musical selections; organist Clark Wilson
3:00PM | (74 min); film features Lon Chaney and Jackie Coogan
- July 24, 2022 – The Iron Horse (1924), 150 minutes; original score; organist Dennis James
3:00PM | (150 min); directed by John Ford, film deals with the building of the transcontinental railroad and culminates with a re-enactment of the driving of the Golden Spike.
Mark Herman Bio
Mark Herman is one of America’s busiest theatre organists, performing over 30 concerts and silent film presentations each year across the US and abroad. In 2012, he was named the American Theatre Organ Society’s Organist of the Year and is the youngest person ever to receive the prestigious honor. Previously, he was overall winner of the Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition in 2004.
Mark has been featured on several episodes of American Public Media’s Pipedreams program, and has performed for countless conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society, American Guild of Organists, and Organ Historical Society. On the international stage, he has toured in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Additionally, his compositions, arrangements, and performances have been heard both on television and in motion pictures. In 2019, he was honored to be featured alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a rare organ solo cameo.
As a film accompanist and scorer, Mark has developed a reputation for dramatic period-authentic film scores with historically informed presentations that not only resonate with but captivate modern audiences. In 2019, he was commissioned to compose and record two new scores for The Criterion Collection’s latest Harold Lloyd Blu-ray release.
He studied theatre organ with the late John Ferguson of Indianapolis, who was recognized worldwide for his skills teaching the art of the theatre organ. His classical piano studies were with Christine Freeman of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts/Management from DePaul University in Chicago.
He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is President of Mark Herman Music LLC, a provider of organ-related services and products. He is in demand as an organ consultant and project manager, as well as a voicing specialist and tonal consultant for Allen Organs and is proud to be an Allen Artist, showcasing new Allen Organs in the US and beyond.
The presenting sponsors for the 2021-2022 organ concerts are Thomas and Penelope Mathiesen.
Embassy programming is made possible by: