Silent Films at the Paramount Theatre

If you have any interest in film history or just wonder what it must have been like before “talkies” were invented, you need to know about “Silent Movie Mondays” at the Paramount. There you can sit in a darkened theatre, listen to the majestic “Mighty Wurlitzer” and watch movies without sound, movies with exaggerated gestures and frequent text panels, movies with stars whose names you may have heard but whom you have never seen.

Usually three times a year the Paramount offers “Silent Movie Mondays.” For three or four consecutive weeks films from nearly 100 years ago are projected and accompanied by a master organist. Each series has a theme, and the selected films are well-restored classics. Before each showing, an expert presents a short lecture on the “who, what, and how” of the film (an ASL interpreter is always present). And for those who just can’t get enough, there’s an after show discussion in the Paramount Bar led by the visiting expert.

There are always surprises in addition to the movie. This week when the movie was “The Flapper” (1920), in addition to the charming full-length feature and Donna Parker’s magnificent organ accompaniment, the audience was treated to a fashion parade featuring men and women dressed in elegant (and original) clothes of the Roaring 20s.

Next Monday, June 27, pre-film Charleston lessons will be offered in the lobby and a dance performance and live jazz music will precede the film “Why Be Good” (1929). It is the final offering in the current series, “Flapper Era.” But mark your calendars for Halloween when the vampire classic “Nosferatu” will be shown.

June 27, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle, (1-877-STG-4TIX or Tickets.com).

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