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Obscura Society IL: Sherlock Holmes: Back at Home

100th Anniversary Screening of the original Sherlock Holmes film - right in the room where they shot it!

100th Anniversary Screening of the original Sherlock Holmes film - right in the room where they shot it!

For a brief period when Hollywood was just a bunch of orange trees, Chicago was the center of the filmmaking world. Essanay Studios was cranking out several silent films per month, including the very first Sherlock Holmes film, starring William Gillette, in 1916. Thought to be lost forever, a new print was discovered in 2014, and we'll be screening it right in the old studio where it was filmed! The old Essanay stage is now a part of St. Augustine College on West Argyle.

Dress in your Sherlockian best and come back in time with us. The evening will feature a short piece on Essanay history from Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry author Adam Selzer and the film will be musically accompanied by local talent Lelya Bauer and Matt Griffo. Throughout the evening enjoy a cash bar of special Sherlock-themed cocktails (pipe tobacco infused spirits, anyone?) crafted by Knife & Tine's mixologist Nikki Allen.

This event is hosted by Atlas Obscura Field Agent Adam Selzer. He is an author Adam Selzerwho does all kinds of neat stuff. Besides writing books on silent film in Chicago, ghostlore, antique serial killers, and unsolved mysteries (not to mention about a dozen young adult novels), he runs the Mysterious Chicago blog and tour company.  He’s been a tour guide for a decade, and talks about bizarre local history on TV and the radio regularly. See links to all his stuff at adamchicago.com.

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