Victorian Magic Lantern Show Oct. 20 at Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., will host a Halloween Magic Lantern Show at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and older and museum members, $5 for children ages 5-17, and free for children younger than 5. A special group rate of $7 per person is available for groups of 10 adults or more. Proceeds benefit Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum.

Travel back in time with the boisterous fun of America’s only Victorian magic lantern show. An authentic 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-size screen—the kind of show that led to the movies!

Halloween stories like Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” spooky animated comedy and outrageous songs—all dramatized on screen by a live showman and singer/pianist. The audience participates in the fun, creating sound effects, and joining in chants and hilarious sing-alongs like “The Worms Crawl In.” National Public Radio says: “Don’t miss them. They’re a living national treasure!”

The magic lantern is the forerunner of motion pictures and slide projectors—the granddaddy of modern media entertainment. Reaching their greatest popularity in the 1890s, magic lantern shows fascinated and delighted crowds everywhere.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum at (815) 964-2424 or e-mail

from the Oct. 17-23, 2007, issue

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