Film Screening

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Orpheum Theatre

Saturday, June 1, 2024

2 p.m.

Experience the first-ever "horror film!" THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI is an exciting masterpiece of German Expressionist cinema that you have to experience to believe.
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

A mysterious doctor uses hypnosis to transform a somnambulist (sleepwalker) into his nefarious evil companion … or does he?

When a prophesied murder occurs, the town blames the creature and investigates the secretive doctor. But within the world of German Expressionism cinema, nothing is as it seems.

Told in flashbacks and full of fantastical sets and brooding characters, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI will challenge your perceptions and leave you wondering what was real and what was imagined. As one of the original cinematic horror stories, CALIGARI establishes techniques, styles and themes that have influenced both horror and film noir genres.

Widely regarded as the first horror film, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI has entranced audiences with its unique visual style and extraordinary story for over 100 years. Prepare to be amazed!

Before the show, we’re pleased to present two frightfully fun silents to get you into a SpOoKy mood!

PETE’S HAUNTED HOUSE (1926): Featuring the adorable silent cartoon star “Pete the Pup,” this delightful live-action/animated hybrid short is ahead of its time.

THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1921): The legendary Buster Keaton stars in this clever comedy caper set inside a haunted house. (But is it actually haunted…?)



Saturday, June 1, 2 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre

Pete’s Haunted House (1926)
Vintage cartoon
Black and White/Digital
6 mins.

The Haunted House (1921)
Short Film
Black and White/Digital
20 mins.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari  (1920)
NR (Not rated)
Black and white/Digital
51 mins.

Hosted and accompanied live by renowned silent film organist Clark Wilson.

Stay in your seats after the screening for a FREE Q&A about the Orpheum Theatre’s organ, the Mighty Wurlitzer.

The films in this series are presented as originally created during a different time period and may contain negative attitudes, language, and depictions of people and/or cultures. The Los Angeles Conservancy does not condone these representations. 

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (New 4K Restoration Trailer) /Courtesy Kino Lorber

Join us for THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI at the Orpheum Theatre on June 1st! | Courtesy Everett Collection
Conrad Veidt stars as Cesare the somnambulist in THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. | Goldwyn Distributing Company (US), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Conrad Veidt and Lil Dagover in THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. | Goldwyn, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Conrad Veidt in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. | Photo courtesy of MUBI
We hope you enjoy PETE'S HAUNTED HOUSE (1926), a delightful live-action/animated hybrid short is ahead of its time. | © The Stathes Collection

Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Orpheum Theatre

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Tickets only $18 during our Member Presale!
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Members & Youth (17 and under) $20
General Public $25

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Details & Getting There

Key Information

LOCATION: The Orpheum Theatre is located at 842 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Downtown L.A.)

FREE Q&A SESSION: Following the screening, there will be a free Q&A session about the Orpheum Theatre’s organ, the Mighty Wurlitzer. Stay in your seat to learn more.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Orpheum Theatre is wheelchair accessible for both restrooms and seating and can provide an assisted listening device upon advance request. Please contact the Conservancy at (213) 623-2489 at least twenty-four hours before your visit to arrange for this device.

Important Policies

TICKETS & THEATRE POLICIES: Tickets are general seating unless you are a sponsor or Cornerstone member at the Granite level or above. Please arrive early to get the best seat selection.

L.A. Conservancy members will receive priority entry into the theatresDoors open one hour before showtime for members and forty-five (45) minutes before showtime for the general public.

Not a member yet? Join today to ensure you get priority entry. Membership starts at only $40 a year and includes many additional benefits.

REFUNDS/EXCHANGES: No refunds or exchanges. If you cannot attend the screening, we will gratefully accept your purchase as a tax-deductible donation if you notify us at (213) 623-2489.

COVID-19: The L.A. Conservancy highly recommends but does not require wearing a face mask or vaccination against COVID-19.

Additional Details

For additional details, see below.

All participants in the Los Angeles Conservancy-sponsored Walking Tours knowingly and freely accept and assume all risks, both known and unknownincluding contracting and/or transmitting COVID-19 and any other communicable diseases, and AGREE TO RELEASE, DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, NOT SUE, AND HOLD HARMLESS the Los Angeles Conservancy, its principals, officers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, agents and other participants from any and all claims, damages (including medical expenses and attorneys’ fees), injuries and expenses arising out of, or resulting from your voluntary attendance/participation in Walking Tours, including contracting and/or transmitting COVID-19 and any other communicable diseases and any and all other injury, illness, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property. All participants expressly waive the benefits of California Civil Code 1542, which provides that: “A general release does not extend to claims that the creditor or releasing party does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release and that, if known by him or her, would have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor or released party.

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Major funding for the Los Angeles Conservancy’s educational programs is provided by the LaFetra Foundation and the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.