Rare North Carolina Films to be Shown at 

The Esmeralda Inn

Nearly 400 movies were produced in North Carolina during the silent film era, with movies made in Asheville, Charlotte, Wilmington, Durham and many other locations. But the center of North Carolina silent movie-making was tiny Bat Cave, in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Nearly every major film company of the era sent companies to this rugged and beautiful spot. Between 1912 and the mid-‘20s, more than 50 movies were produced there. Only seven of them are known to survive.

All of the actors, directors and technicians from those companies lodged at the historic Esmeralda Inn.

On February 1st, 2020, film historian Frank Thompson hosts “Bat Cave’s Silent Movie Era” at the Esmeralda Inn, an illustrated talk featuring excerpts from five of the surviving silent films produced at Bat Cave and Chimney Rock:

Strength of Men (1913)

Brother Bill (1913)

The Masked Rider (1916)

Gilded Lies (1921)

Gateway to the West (1924)

Accompanying the program is renowned pianist Marc Hoffman (http://www.marchoffman.com).

Frank Thompson is the author of 44 books. His most recent are Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era (March, 2017) and Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman (co-authored with John Andrew Gallagher, March, 2018).  He will have copies of Asheville Movies for sale at the event.

The total package for dinner and the show is $45 cost per person. To see the show without the dinner is $20 per person which includes popcorn, beer and wine.

The event begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact The Esmeralda Inn at info@theesmeralda.com or call (828) 625-2999