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Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Glenn Strange, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Bela Lugosi in ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, 1948.

Looking for something to get you into that Halloween frame of mind? Why not do it with fellow movie geeks and fans of the horror genre tomorrow afternoon and evening in Hollywood. The Academy is hosting an October-long celebration of classic horror films in honor of “Universal’s Legacy of Horror”- part of the studio’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

“Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) and “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”(1966)
Saturday, October 27, at 2 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street, Hollywood

Special guests scheduled include actress Joan Staley, who played Alma Parker in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,” and Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, who played Luther Heggs in the film. Figuring the answers to the mystery lie in the old Simmons mansion, Luther Heggs (Knotts) visits the estate at the witching hour of midnight. Certain he’s seen a ghost, Luther writes a story which makes front page news – and brings on a libel suit from the mansion’s owner. When the trial judge orders an investigation – and no apparition appears – Luther is branded a fraud. That is, until he and his devoted girlfriend team up to uncover the mystery of the hauntings – and the true murderer – in this timeless comedy classic.

 “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) and “Tarantula” (1955)
Saturday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Oscars Outdoors
1341 Vine Street, Hollywood

*Series passes are not good for the Double-Double Feature.  Individual tickets are on sale now for each double feature.

“The Phantom of the Opera” (1925)
Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, grandson of Lon Chaney, Ron Chaney, and 103 year-old Carla Laemmle, a dancer in the film and niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle.

Lon Chaney as he appears in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1925.

In conjunction with the screening series, the Academy will present “Universal’s Legacy of Horror: A Centennial Exhibition,” which includes rare posters, stills and other artifacts celebrating Universal’s distinctive contributions to the classic horror genre and the studio’s founding 100 years ago.  The exhibition will run in the Academy Grand Lobby throughout October.  Admission is free.

Tickets for individual screenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail.  Ticketed seating is unreserved.  For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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  1. Kathryn Lane

    October 12, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I have a 1929 Poster of the Marx brothers and a 1919 poster of Lon Chaney in the Phantom of the Opera… both poster say bison archives / after image for Carl’s JR… can you please tell me more about them, are they of any value, i have had them since the early 90’s they are theater posters, ragged along the edges, I put them in frames to keep them from anymore harm.. Thank you Kathryn Lane

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