Of all the musicians who accompanied film screenings in Quebec during the Silent Era, “Willie” Eckstein (1888-1963) was undoubtedly the most famous. Born in Point St. Charles, this child prodigy had already played in numerous European and North American cities by his twentieth birthday. Around 1910, Eckstein was hired by the Lyric Hall, the most important venues for animated views on Montreal’s West Island. In 1912, he was recruited by the first Montreal palace , the Strand, where he received top billing until the end of the Silent Era. On the Strand’s west wall, an immense mural bearing his likeness testified to his fame. Eckstein is also known for his compositions, recordings and radio performances.