Silent Movie Month 2023

In 2012, City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick proclaimed October in Ithaca as Silent Movie Month, a month-long celebration of silent film and Ithaca’s role in early movie making history produced by Wharton Studio Museum in collaboration with many local organizations. Join WSM each October for screenings, exhibits, and events at Cornell Cinema, Cinemapolis, and many other local venues.

October 1-31
New Wharton Studio Museum Exhibit at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture
WSM has updated its permanent exhibit with a focus on the historic Wharton Studio building and plans for the Wharton Studio & Cafe.
The new exhibit also features drawer displays on different aspects of the Studio, including one drawer curated by the Cornell Fashion + Textile Collection. 
Tompkins Center for History and Culture is at 110 N. Tioga St. (entrance is on the Ithaca Commons)
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10am-5pm
From Silent Film Star to American Icon: Celebrating Anna May Wong
This Cornell Cinema-produced original film series features five of film star Anna May Wong's films from different times in her career.
Presented with Wharton Studio Museum and Cinemapolis.
Tickets and details at
October 4-8
Silent City Film Festival
A new festival dedicated to the virtual and visual relationship of music and film at Deep Dive (located on the Ithaca inlet)
The fest includes a number of silent films from around the world.
Tickets and details
October 11 at 7 PM
Cornell Cinema Presents 
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
A screening of the silent horror film classic with live music by the Invincible Czars ( from Austin, TX. 
At Sage Chapel on Cornell's campus. Co-Sponsored by Wharton Studio Museum and La Tourelle Hotel, Bistro & Spa
Tickets and details at
October 14 at 11 AM
Ithaca's Historic Theaters Walking Tour
Join Historic Ithaca and Wharton Studio Museum for this downtown tour of Ithaca's historic theaters.
Meet at "The Biggest Little Movie City" display at Harold Square on the Ithaca Commons.
Tickets and details at
October 22 at 1 PM
Silent Comedy Shorts for All Ages at Cinemapolis *FREE*
Selected silent comedic shorts from France and the U.S. directed by and starring women.
Curated and introduced by Roger Kimmel Smith, host of "Crazy Words, Crazy Tunes" on WRFI Community Radio.
Fun for the entire family!
Brought to you by Wharton Studio Museum and Cinemapolis.
120 Green St., in downtown Ithaca
Details at
The screening is free and open to all!
Odyssey Book Store is Presenting Sponsor of Silent Movie Month
Travis Hyde Properties is Silent Movie Month's Collaborating Sponsor
Posted in Events, Exhibits and Programs, WSM News.