THE GENERAL at the Paramount Theatre

  • February 10, 2014 · 6:45 PM
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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!

Greg

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  • Patricia S.

    Hope you do organize more Silent Movie Mondays -- I'll be trying to go to June series. The organist was superb. Thanks Greg for putting this Meetup together! Would have really liked to join the discussion afterwards -- but most often late shows are difficult since I take public transportation and my buses stop running after a certain time. This evening I needed to run and grab some water from the other bar and dash for my bus. Where did you go afterwards?

    February 11, 2014

    • Tory D.

      I was there and enjoyed it but didn't get to meet anyone here. I had to catch a bus from my work in Woodinville to the theatre then I ran out of the theatre to the bus stop get home to Shoreline. Wasn't home until 10:30 or thereabouts. Great event and film. Sorry I didn't get to meet with any of you and chat about the film.

      February 13, 2014

    • Greg

      No problem, Tory. Hope to catch you next time!

      February 16, 2014

  • Tory D.

    If you only do one of the ones in June, Chaplin's the Circus is an underrated gem, one of my favourite of his films and probably the most must see of the four they will be showing though I think all four would be worth the effort of going.

    February 13, 2014

  • Helena P.

    Thanks Greg it was a great time! Nice to have people to discuss movies with!

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Larry

    Yes, I was there. I didn't find the group, but enjoyed the movie anyway. It seemed the good seats were getting filled and it would be prudent to get a good spot. I've been wondering about this film for years. First time seeing a silent film with organ accompaniment. Now I'm interested in this "Rebirth of a Nation" thing at the Moore. Sounds interesting. Thanks for suggesting this, my First Silent Movie Monday!

    February 11, 2014

    • Greg

      In some of the bigger venues (like the Paramount), it can be hard to find our group, which is why I post my phone number in the "how to find us" section. Still, I'm glad you enjoyed the movie!

      February 11, 2014

    • Larry

      Yeah, sorry, I'll try to find you all if we do this again in June. If every silent was as good as this I might become a convert! But I came home feeling very guilty about eating most of the contents of that bag as my dinner. "Goodies" they were not!

      February 11, 2014

  • Lacey J.

    Sorry I spaced on this one. For some reason I thought it was on Wednesday. Sad to miss it!

    February 11, 2014

    • Greg

      The Paramount will be showing another series in June, so I might be hosting one of those films. In the meantime, just keep repeating to yourself, "Silent Movie Mondays, Silent Movie Mondays, Silent Movie Mondays." It should help you remember which day it's on. ;-)

      February 11, 2014

    • Larry

      Ha!

      February 11, 2014

  • Will F.

    Wow. What an amazing movie, I had no idea Keaton was so funny. I'm on a mission to check out his other movies now. I can't believe no-one has mentioned the awesome organ player. He played continuously for over an hour and didn't repeat a note. His sense of timing and comedy was impeccable. The music made it for me, really impressive. Can't wait to hit the Paramount for the next one!

    1 · February 11, 2014

    • Greg

      And hopefully, next time you'll be able to find the group, either before or after the movie. Thanks for leaving a comment, though!

      February 11, 2014

  • Tammye Read w.

    time flew by, place was packed!

    February 11, 2014

  • David

    Great to see a film in the Paramount with the original organ playing, Looked around and thought I'd time travelled!

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Such a great experience to see this classic film on a big screen accompanied by a fantastic organist. As a bonus, I got to introduce a friend to Buster Keaton tonight. We both had a blast! Thanks so much for creating this event. I'm visiting town for the month and would have likely missed out completely if not this Meetup group!

    February 10, 2014

    • Greg

      Sorry we missed you! Did you stay for the CineClub discussion afterwards?

      February 10, 2014

  • Greg

    This movie proves how important the audience is to a film, particularly comedies. When I originally saw THE GENERAL, I saw it on DVD, by myself. I liked it, but not as much as Keaton's other films. Seeing it with a truly appreciative audience tonight, who laughed, applauded, and were having a great time (as was I), I now love this film as much as STEAMBOAT BILL, JR., and SHERLOCK, JR. Thanks to all who came out tonight, and if you came out and had trouble finding us, just leave me a message here and I'll adjust the attendance accordingly. I will certainly be organizing more Silent Movie Mondays in the future.

    February 10, 2014

  • Patricia S.

    Interesting. Good in all regards. Some of the effects were remarkable for that era. Liked the storyline.I would have preferred the cinema to be a bit darker though -- would have added a bit more to the film.

    February 10, 2014

  • Julie

    Hey friends, my +1 can't come, so I have an extra ticket - anyone want it? Julie

    February 9, 2014

    • Will F.

      I'll take it if no-one else will! Thanks Julie...

      February 9, 2014

  • Heather

    Will new members be welcome to the event?

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Greg

      Of course!

      1 · January 31, 2014

  • Rhonda

    This movie is a hoot! Plan one day to take a trip to Cottage Grove and see where the movie was made. The Village Green Resort is one of the best places I stayed while in Cottage Grove, OR and there are many winery in the area - one being King Estates!

    January 26, 2014

  • Natalie B.

    Greg, is the "official" CineClub post film discussion at the Paramount, or somewhere off site?

    January 14, 2014

    • Greg

      It's at the Paramount. The name of the room escapes me at the moment.

      January 14, 2014

    • Greg

      It's the Paramount Lobby Bar.

      January 21, 2014

  • Tory D.

    Hello, I will be there. This is the first event I will be attending with you all. What are the protocols? This is something that is just too good to pass up. I am really looking forward to it.

    January 14, 2014

    • Greg

      Just read what it says in my write-up, Tory. If you still have questions, let me know. And welcome to the Seattle Cinema Club!

      January 14, 2014

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