This summer, get acquainted with the unique and timeless art of the silent film at The Paramount Theatre, as STG presents, Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays. With the recent success of the Academy Award winning silent film, The Artist, and the film Hugo, a homage to a silent film pioneer, Georges Méliès, see silent film the way it was intended to be experienced, with the live accompaniment of the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, played by world renowned organist, Jim Riggs. This summer series also includes a Monday lunch matinee of shorts beginning at Noon, and running no longer than 90 minutes, in addition to the evening series.
Matinees begin at Noon, with films that run no longer than 90 minutes. Bring your lunch inside the air conditioned Paramount Theatre to enjoy some great silent film shorts by Georges Méliès, Charles Chaplin, and Buster Keaton, beginning on July 9th with A TRIP TO THE MOON, by Méliès, which the film Hugo is based. Each family friendly matinee is $5, with doors opening at 11:30AM. Other shorts include, Chaplin's THE KID, and GO WEST, by Buster Keaton.
The evening series of silent films, Epics & Opulence, will bring us Hollywood history, featuring PICCADILLY on July 9, L'ARGENT on July 16, BEN HUR: A TALE OF CHRIST on July 23 and KING OF KINGS on July 30, 2012. This all-classic film series, present grand worlds, tragically flawed characters, biblical adaptations epic in scale and scope. For instance, PICADILLY, starring the luscious Anna Mae Wong, is a tale of ambition, desire and jealousy that casts intense glamour and enchantment into a nightclub in danger of decline. The brilliant BEN HUR: A TALE OF CHRIST is the most elaborate and expensive silent film ever made,a legendary production, whose costs were overshadowed only by the films box office, over $9 million! And the series will end with Cecil B. Demille's biblically proportioned KING OF KINGS, whichmixes sex and religion, turning the redemption of Mary Magdalene, a high priced courtesan and possible lover of Jesus, into a vamp.
Evening films begin at 7PM, cost is $10, and doors open at 6PM. All films are at the historic Paramount Theatre, one of Seattle's oldest grand movie palaces.