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Organist Clark Wilson accompanies Buster Keaton's classic comedy, "The General" from the seat of a restored Kimball organ Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart. Wilson first entertained guests with a brief opening concert featuring a medley including well-known tunes by the likes of The Moody Blues, Billy Joel and Elton John before taking the stage to add a soundtrack to the 1926 silent film. ¬ (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)
Elkhart’s Lerner Theatre to show silent movie accompanied by organ music

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 7, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.

ELKHART — Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, the Lerner Theatre will host its second silent movie accompanied by live organ music.

Organist Clark Wilson will return Saturday, May 11, to downtown Elkhart for a concert with the theater’s restored pipe organ. Wilson, who has scored dozens of silent movies, will provide the soundtrack to the 1928 comedy “Steamboat Bill Jr.” starring Buster Keaton. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. followed by a short intermission and the movie.

This weekend’s movie is the second silent film the 1,700-seat theater will have shown since restoring its Kimball pipe organ.

Tickets for the concert and silent movie are $20 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, $12.50 for students and free for children younger than 10. In celebration of Mother’s Day weekend, theater goers can buy two tickets and get one free using the promotional code “MOM.” Tickets are available online at thelerner.com, by phone at 293-4469 or at the theater’s box office at 410 S. Main St.