About 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, Silent Movie Mondays Curator
Relationships with organizations such as the Library of Congress, MoMA, George Eastman House, UCLA Film Archives, the Mary Pickford Foundation and the International Silent Film Festival in Pordenone, Italy are key to bringing significant films to The Paramount Theatre.
2021 Virtual Series: Comedy Classics
Enjoy a series of Comedy Classics and then join us for a free virtual CineClub on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm PDT.
Silent Movie Mondays is going virtual! The Paramount Theatre is closed due to COVID, and though the previously announced Women Pioneers in Filmmaking series has been postponed, the Silent Movie Mondays Virtual Series: Comedy Classics program can be watched online. Stream the specially-curated Comedy Classics lineup, featuring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Marion Davies (more details below). Then on March 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm PST, join a free CineClub virtual discussion hosted by curator Vicky Lee, with film professionals Janice Findley, John Gordon Hill and Dr. Jennifer Bean. Join us in learning more about the stars and their films!
Comedy Classics Lineup:
CHARLIE CHAPLIN stars in and directed the following shorts: The Immigrant (1917), The Pawn Shop (1916), and Easy Street (1917). Total running time: 71 minutes
The Immigrant - Chaplin plays an immigrant fleeing Europe on a ship to America. The underdog tries to survive in a hostile world while staying humane. This short is part of the National Film Registry.
The Pawn Shop - Charlie competes with a fellow shop assistant and nearly destroys everything in the shop, including himself.
Easy Street - In the city slums, a reformed tramp becomes a police constable and goes toe-to-toe with a thug that dominates the streets.
Stream all Chaplin shorts here
BUSTER KEATON stars in and directed Sherlock Jr. (1924). Running time: 45 minutes
Buster plays a movie projectionist who daydreams himself into the movies he is showing and merges with the figures and the backgrounds on the screen. While dreaming he is Conan Doyle’s master detective, he snoops out brilliant discoveries. This film is part of the National Film Registry.
Stream through Amazon Prime
MARION DAVIES stars in The Red Mill (1927), directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Running time: 73 minutes
Davies is cast as Dutch barmaid Tina, who falls in love with handsome hero Dennis. Alas, Dennis Doesn’t return her affections, whereupon Tina mounts a campaign to win his heart.
Stream through Amazon Prime
We look forward to returning to The Paramount to honor its history as a film house and hear the Mighty Wurlitzer again once we can all gather. In the meantime, we'll see you at CineClub online March 29th!
The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ
Seattle's Paramount Theatre is home to Wurlitzer opus 1819, one of eighteen “Publix 1” models built by Wurlitzer, and only three of which still remain in their original venues. Many of our Silent Movie Monday screenings feature The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, with master organ players from across the country!
Learn more about our Mighty Wurlitzer organ here!
CineClub is the post-film discussion featuring leading scholars and participating musicians, to engage patrons in film trivia and a deeper knowledge of the film and artists involved. All audience members are welcome to join this free discussion in the lobby bar.