Phantom of the Opera with James Kennerley – Live in Merrill Auditorium

The Phantom of the Opera with an improvised symphonic score performed by James Kennerley

We firmly believe THIS is the way to celebrate Halloween in Portland, Maine. Our annual silent film honoring Halloween is a fan favorite, and we’re excited to be back in Merrill Auditorium with our loyal fans of all things dark and spooky!

Kennerley improvises the music for these events, and no two performances are ever the same. If you’re joining us earlier in the month at the Saco Drive-In (October 16) – don’t expect the same exact music at this performance. THAT is the beauty of improvisation, and our own James Kennerley is the hands-down master of this difficult-to-master skill!

Join Municipal Organist James Kennerley as he brings life, intrigue and, most importantly, brilliant musical accompaniment to The Phantom of the Opera, a 1925 American silent musical horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star. This silent movie classic will be silent no more when Kennerley adds his magnificent playing to the film!

The movie will begin at 7pm.

We are still evaluating whether our annual costume contest will be held. We will update this page as those details are finalized. The contest will begin before the movie if we are able to hold it.

Join us!

Tickets are $18-$23, plus applicable PortTIX fees.

Tickets available through PortTIX, the trusted box office for The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ.

By PHONE at 207.842-0800 or ONLINE at


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There are no physical distancing requirements

Merrill Auditorium undergoes enhanced daily cleaning including frequent wipe-downs of common areas and high-touch surfaces

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As of 5/24/2021. All Health & Safety Protocols at Merrill Auditorium are subject to change.