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If Gladiator was your introduction to the sword-and-sandal genre, prepare to meet its granddaddy. The 1925 version of Ben-Hur (no, not the Charlton Heston flick--he isn't that old), broke records with its $4 million price tag and cast of 125,000--two things that made for some colossal action scenes both on boats and on chariots. If you're keeping up with your film history, you'll realize the date of this film means it has no soundtrack. So N.C. State's Campus Cinema has asked Charlotte theater-organist Larry Jones to pack up his classic 1972 Rodgers organ (a reproduction of the old Wurlitzer organs, complete with three keyboards, seven speaker cabinets and honest-to-God chimes), and accompany the classic. Jones doesn't read from any sheet music. His performance is completely improvisational. Experience this one-of-a-kind screening at NCSU's Witherspoon Student Center Thursday night. See "Special Showings" for details.

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