King of Kings

Saturday, March 26 at 2:00pm  |  $10  |

Columbia River Theatre Organ Society presents Cecil B. DeMille’s KING OF KINGS with live organ accompaniment!

KING OF KINGS (1927): This is great family entertainment for the Easter weekend. Featuring text drawn directly from the Bible, a cast of thousands, and the great showman’s singular cinematic technique, KING OF KINGS is both spectacular and deeply reverent, part Gospel, part Technicolor epic. Working with one of the biggest budgets at the time, DeMille spun the life and Passion of Christ into a silent-era blockbuster. It is a religious movie about the last weeks of Jesus before his crucifixion. Mary Magdalene becomes angry when Judas, now a follower of Jesus, won’t come to her feast. She goes to see Jesus and becomes repentant. From there the Bible story unfolds through the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

One of the last sequences of the movie, the Resurrection, is in (two-strip) Technicolor. A giant gate built for this movie was later used in KING KONG in 1933. The same gate was one of the sets torched for the “burning of Atlanta” scene in 1939 in GONE WITH THE WIND. KING OF KINGS was the first movie that premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Portland based virtuoso Jonas Nordwall performs an original score on the Beverly Ruth memorial organ.



Saturday, March 26