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ITHACA, N.Y. — A popular end-of-summer tradition continues on Saturday, August 28, 2021 as Wharton Studio Museum proudly presents its 11th annual Silent Movie Under the Stars at Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg at sundown –– around 8:10 p.m. –– in partnership with NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.

This year WSM brings a recently restored 1916 Sherlock Holmes to the big screen
under the night sky at Taughannock. Long considered lost, the film was located and
then restored in January of 2015 through a collaboration between the Cinematheque
Francaise and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Directed by Arthur Berthelet,
Sherlock Holmes stars William Gillette, an actor, playwright and stage manager who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is best remembered for portraying the iconic detective on stage and in this film. For more information about the film and its restoration, please visit

Bring a picnic, lawn chair, blanket and sweater and come early to enjoy lovely
Taughannock Falls State Park. Live string music by Rick Manning (mandolin, fiddle) and Tom Hodgson (guitar) between 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The screening is FREE. A $5 per vehicle parking fee in the park benefits WSM.
Wharton Studio Museum is preserving and celebrating Ithaca’s silent film history and developing the historic Wharton Studio building in Stewart Park into the Wharton Studio Park Center, in partnership with Friends of Stewart Park and the City of Ithaca.

From 1915 to 1919, Wharton, Inc. Studio produced hundreds of reels of films and serials –– starring some of the most well-known actors of the day –– at its production studio by the shores of Cayuga Lake in Renwick Park –– now Stewart Park. That original studio building still stands today, an important artifact from a time when filmmaking was an emerging art form and industry.

Visit WSM’s new exhibit Serial Style: The Business of Being Irene Castle, produced in
partnership with the Cornell Fashion + Textile Collection, at the Tompkins Center for
History and Culture. WSM is a partner, along with the George Eastman Museum in
Rochester, and the Case Research Lab/Cayuga Museum in Auburn, in the Finger Lakes Film Trail. For more info about WSM visit

Silent Movie Under the Stars is produced in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Finger Lakes Film Trail, and is made
possible by Presenting Sponsor M&T Bank, and the generous support of Howard
Hanna Real Estate Services; Lee Newhart State Farm Insurance Agency; Taitem
Engineering, CSP Management, Flicker Alley, and the Natural Heritage Trust.
Cinemapolis is WSM’s Media Sponsor.