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Steamboat Bill, Jr. @ Seattle Theatre Group

  • The Paramount Theatre 911 Pine Street Seattle, WA 98101 (map)

STG Presents Silent Movie Mondays: Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) at The Paramount Theatre April 10, 2017 as a part of the Comedy Classics Series.

The “Comedy Classics” Series includes STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. on April 10; GIRL SHY on April 17; and SELECTED SHORTS on April 24.

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928) stars Buster Keaton's (the Great Stone Face) in the last of his nine independent feature films and one of the last silent comedies. The film - actually co-written, co-produced, and co-directed by actor Keaton (with director Chas. F. Reisner) was derived from a story by Carl Harbaugh, although Keaton only took credit for acting. Featuring some of his best known stunts, Keaton plays the college-aged son of a cantankerous riverboat captain joining up with his father's crew. Christian Elliott joins us on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Running time: 71 minutes

CineClub immediately follows the film in the Paramount Lobby bar, hosted by Dr. Jennifer Bean, Cinema Studies Chair at University of Washington.

Christian Elliott is one of today’s prominent concert organists. Equally at home performing literature of the church or theatre, he is very much in demand scoring and accompanying silent films. He has done extensive silent film accompaniment, including at the Packard Foundation’s Stanford Theatre (Palo Alto, California), UCLA, the Cinequest and San Francisco Silent Film Festivals, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, as well as the San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Conservancy, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A frequent performer at the American Theatre Organ Society’s national conventions, he has also performed for the American Institute of Organ Builders, BBC Radio, and at the famed Hollywood Bowl. He continues to perform solo organ engagements and silent film presentations all across the United States, and was named “Organist of the Year” by the American Theatre Organ Society in 2009. Recent Silent Movie Mondays films he’s accompanied have included: Faust, The Big Parade, Why Be Good, My Best Girl. STG welcomes Christian back to the Mighty Wurlitzer.