|Hard to image by today's standards that early silent movies |
were really short. That's Mary Pickford as Ramona in this 1910 still.
SAVE THE DATE—Guest Blog by Save Our Heritage Organisation--Make it an extended Valentine’s weekend by viewing the silent screen film, “Ramona,” one of the most romantic 19th-Century love stories by Helen Hunt Jackson.
Released in 1910, “Ramona” was directed by D.W. Griffith, and stars Mary Pickford as Ramona and Henry B. Walthall as Alessandro.
|Title page from the D.W. Griffith directed romance film|
Coinciding with the arrival of major railroad lines to the region, tourists wanted to visit the locations depicted in the national best selling novel. Old Town San Diego leaped at the opportunity to exploit this interest and help bring prosperity back to the community, and Old Town has been a tourist Mecca ever since.
While John D. Spreckels dubbed the Estudillo House, which he owned, as Ramona's Marriage Place at the time, it was in actuality the Old Adobe Chapel that was the true marriage place described by Helen Hunt Jackson.
|Early label found on a crate of California lemons|
A short presentation on the history of the Adobe Chapel and its relation to the characters in the novel precedes the 20-minute viewing of the silent film version of Ramona.
When Saturday, February 15
Two showings 7:30 pm | 8:30 pm
(Film is approximately 20 minutes)
Where Adobe Chapel, 3963 Conde Street in Old Town San Diego
Cost $5 per person
Seating is limited; advance ticket purchase is suggested
Call: (619) 297-7511
In Person: Whaley House Museum Shop
2476 San Diego Avenue in Historic Old Town San Diego