For years, I have heard about Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays at the Paramount Theatre, but I kept forgetting to go, until last year. Now, I have finally scheduled a meetup for one of the films, Buster Keaton's The General, which has a run time of 75 minutes and is appropriate (and required!) for all ages. :-)
From the STG Presents website:
The fourth film in our ADORED & RESTORED series, THE GENERAL (1926), stars Buster Keaton, who co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman. This American adventure-epic film was made and inspired by the 1862 Great Locomotive Chase.
When the American Civil War breaks out, Keaton has two loves of his life, his fiancé Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack) and his locomotive, The General. Keaton performed many dangerous physical stunts on and around the moving train, with a spectacular climax filmed in a forest in Oregon. Keaton considered The General to be the best of all his movies. In 1989, the film was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office on the day of the show ($10 general, $5 students and seniors). I would NOT purchase tickets ahead of time, as the theater is huge, and the fees online are ridiculous. With your ticket, you'll get a free goodie bag (handed out by people in the lobby), a pre-film introduction, musical accompaniment by Jim Riggs on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, and a post-film discussion with free beer and wine.
The lobby is large, so I will try to be conspicuous and hang out near the bar. Meet me there at 6:45. Since it is such a large theater, I recommend that we all go in together, or we may never find each other afterwards. I will also have my cell phone on until about a minute before the film begins, in case you are running late or having trouble finding me. I plan to be there around 6:30, so if you are early, you can start searching for me then. Doors open at 6 pm; the movie starts at 7 pm.
The Paramount is located downtown, so all those fun street parking rules apply (unless you park at Pacific Place, which is nearby). It's also right next to the Convention Center bus stop, so all buses heading through the tunnel stop near the theater. And while it is a silent film, I will throw the contents of my goodie bag at you if you are talking during the movie or looking at your cell phone, so please silence the former and shut off the latter.
After the movie ends, we have two options: we can either find a place nearby for a post-film discussion (I'm thinking Pacific Place), or we can go to the before-mentioned post-film discussion held by the CineClub at the Paramount Lobby Bar (free drinks!). In either case, we will meet back up in the lobby and wait for anyone who needs to use the restroom before deciding what to do.
Here is the link to the event: http://www.stgpresents.org/tickets/by-month/eventdetail/1164/-/trader-joe-s-silent-movie-mondays-the-general#
Hope to see everyone there!