Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

April 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Historic Ironwood Theatre
General Admission: $17 Adults | $5 Students

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a 1925 American silent epic adventure-drama film based on the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by General Lew Wallace. Starring Ramon Novarro as Ben-Hur, a wealthy young Jewish prince and boyhood friend of the powerful Roman tribune, Messala. When an accident and a false accusation leads to Ben-Hur’s arrest, Messala, who has become corrupt and arrogant, makes sure Ben-Hur and his family are jailed and separated.

Ben-Hur is sentenced to slave labor in a Roman war galley. Along the way, he unknowingly encounters Jesus, the carpenter’s son who offers him water. Over the years the Ben-Hur grows strong and becomes a victorious chariot racer. This eventually leads to a climactic showdown with Messala in a chariot race, in which Ben-Hur is the victor.

Ben-Hur is eventually reunited with his mother and sister, who are suffering from leprosy but are miraculously cured by Jesus.


In 1997, Ben-Hur was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The film will be masterfully accompanied on the Ironwood Theatre’s Barton organ by organist supremo Andrew Rogers from Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theatre with his original film score.

Not to be missed, and a great way to get into the spirit of Easter– mark your calendar now.