'The Raven' Silent Film Viewing at Essanay Studio - Atlas Obscura
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'The Raven' Silent Film Viewing at Essanay Studio

A 1915 silent film loosely based on the life of Edgar Allen Poe.

Join Atlas Obscura for a Saturday evening premiere of THE RAVEN from 1915.

Starring Henry B. Walthall (known as the Face of Poe), the film is inspired by the life of Edgar Allen Poe and his legendary poem, "The Raven." Produced by acclaimed Chicago silent film manufacturer Essanay, this premier will take place in the old headquarters of Essanay Studios in the heart of Uptown—in the exact room in which it was filmed!

The film will feature an introduction by Chicago silent film historian and Atlas Obscura Field Agent, Adam Selzer, along with live accompaniment by local musicians.


  • Tickets are $20 before the event and $25 at the door.
  • This event is BYOB/BYO snacks; feel free to bring whatever tasty treats to feast on during the film (you must be 21+ to drink alcohol).
  • Parking: There is a small lot behind St. Augustine two buildings (you need to SLOW down when driving on Argyle, look for the turn in) and limited residential street parking.
  • Public transportation: close to the Red Line Argyle stop, Metro Ravenswood stop, Bus #22, #92, #151, #81 or by bike. 
  • Follow the signs on Argyle in front of the address to find the entrance to the screening room via the parking lot.
  • No age restriction, but this is a silent film and small children might lose interest.
  • The event is ADA accessible.
  • Feel free to take photos before and afterwards, but please no photos during the film.
  • This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

About Field Agent Leyla I. Royale

Leyla I. Royale is an avid Chicago historian and jack of all trades. She is the creator of Chicago horror history site Dead In Chicago, which features daily updates on horrible happenings from the city's past. She works as a cellist for local and national Chicago musicians, is an employee and trapeze artist at Trapeze School New York in Chicago, has been a dedicated historic tour guide at The Chicago Theatre, and spends her Octobers working as a haunted tour guide and as an actor for Zombie Army Productions.


Email leyla.royale@atlasobscura.com.

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Advance ticket sales only. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.