Silent Movie Mondays
Silent Movie Mondays honor the history of The Paramount Theatre, from when it opened its doors on March 1, 1928 with the feature film FEEL MY PULSE starring Bebe Daniels and William Powell. Each season, Seattle Theatre Group presents silent films accompanied by organists on the Mighty Wurlitzer, original to the theatre, or new music commissions performed by live ensembles. These iconic films look back at the past and often inform the present. The art of cinema is embraced by introductions and CineClub post-film discussions led by regional and national film professionals. All are welcome to Silent Movie Mondays with accessible tickets priced at $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.
- Vicky Lee, Curator and STG Director of Education & Performance Programs
View the full history of Silent Movie Mondays at The Paramount Theatre here (pdf).
Learn more about our Mighty Wurlitzer organ here!
Upcoming Silent Movie Mondays
The Scar of Shame (1927) - October 7, 2019 at The Paramount Theatre
The Scar of Shame (1927), directed by Frank Perugini, tells the story of a young woman who escapes from her abusive father and is rescued by an aspiring composer but encounters opposition from his class-conscious mother. The film, a collaboration between races, was produced by Colored Players Film Corporation out of Philadelphia. It is preserved by the Library of Congress and was restored in 2015. Musical accompaniment by Tedde Gibson on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. In Association with LANGSTON. Tickets & more info here.
Body and Soul (1925) - October 14, 2019 at The Paramount Theatre
Body and Soul (1925) was written, produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux and stars Paul Robeson in his first film role. Robeson plays twin brothers, one a badly behaved minister and the other an ordinary working man, both vying for the affection of a young woman who is trying to abide by the misguided wishes of her devout mother. Musical accompaniment by Tedde Gibson on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. In Association with LANGSTON. Tickets & more info here.
Within Our Gates (1920) - October 21, 2019 at The Paramount Theatre
Within Our Gates (1920) was written, produced, and directed by Oscar Micheaux and is the earliest surviving feature film by an African American director. The story involves an idealistic young woman who attempts to raise money for an elementary school to serve the Black community. The film touches upon themes that recur throughout the filmmaker's career such as the promise of rural life vs. the corruptive influence of the city, and the use of religion as a means of misleading the Black community. The film is included in the Library of Congress National Film Registry as a significant film in the history of African American cinema. Musical accompaniment by Tedde Gibson on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. In Association with LANGSTON. Tickets & more info here.
The Ancient Law / Das Alte Gesetz (1923) - March 23, 2020 at The Paramount Theatre
This is a special presentation in partnership with the 25th anniversary of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. This German film, directed by E.A. Dupont, tells the story of the son of an Orthodox Rabbi from a poor shtetl who breaks with family tradition and leaves to become an actor. A live ensemble will include Violinist/composer Alicia Svigals (founder of the Klezmatics), Pianist Donald Sosin, Clarinetist Laura de Luca (from Music of Remembrance). Tickets & more info here.
A Woman of Affairs (1928) - April 6, 2020 at The Paramount Theatre
A Woman of Affairs (1928), stars Greta Garbo with John Gilbert and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and is directed by Clarence Brown. When two childhood sweethearts are kept from marrying, misery ensues, as Garbo searches for love with style, flair, and passion. The film, based on the best-selling novel The Green Hat, written by Michael Arlen who also wrote the screenplay with Bess Meredyth, was nominated for an Academy Award for best writing. Musical accompaniment by Christian Elliott on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Tickets & more info here.
Blood and Sand (1922) - April 13, 2020 at The Paramount Theatre
Blood and Sand (1922) stars Rudolph Valentino with Lila Lee and Nita Naldi and is directed by Fred Niblo. The film was based on the 1909 Spanish novel with the screenplay by June Mathis, credited as discovering Valentino, and edited by Dorothy Arzner who later became one of the first female film directors. Juan Gallardo (Valentino), born into poverty, grows up to become one of the greatest matadors in Spain. He marries a friend from his childhood, but after achieving fame and fortune finds himself drawn to a seductive wealthy widow as the drama ensues for the famous bullfighter. Introduction and CineClub hosted by director/cinematographer John Gordon Hill. Musical accompaniment by Christian Elliott on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Tickets & more info here.
Get Your Man (1927) - April 20, 2020 at The Paramount Theatre
Get Your Man (1927), stars Clara Bow with Charles "Buddy" Rogers and is directed by Dorothy Arzner, in her debut year. As a young American girl in Paris, Bow falls in love with a handsome nobleman, but he is about to wed in an arranged marriage. She hatches a plan to overcome that obstacle and get her man. Musical accompaniment by Donna Parker on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Tickets & more info here.
Silent Movie Mondays