Los Angeles to declare June 16, 2018 to be
"Buster Keaton Day"

Join the Damfinos in Los Angeles

To celebrate the dedication of a new plaque honoring the former location of the Buster Keaton Studios in Hollywood, The International Buster Keaton Society (AKA the "Damfinos") invites you to join us for a weekend of Buster Keaton-related activities in Los Angeles. This will be the first time in the 24-year history of the Damfinos that we are organizing events in the town that Buster called home for so many decades, and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

No Registration Fee!

If you can get yourself to sunny Los Angeles (or if you're already here), then all you need to do is show up! There is no registration fee for this weekend. For several of the events (see below), there is no cost at all. For others, tickets will be required, and we will provide a link for you to purchase these tickets in advance on your own.

Travel and Lodging

Coming soon, we will provide a list of hotels in the Los Angeles area. We are looking for a range of options, some that are in Hollywood, and close to several of the events, and others in an around Los Angeles. You can fly into LAX or Burbank airport.

Getting Around

There's little avoiding the need for a car in Los Angeles, and rental cars are available at the local airports. But we can also recommend services like Lyft and Uber, which are available on-demand, usually arriving to pick you up in 5 to 10 minutes. And of course, there are local Damfinos with passenger and back seats that we hope can be made available. (We are also looking into the local public bus and metro routes.)

Looking for The Annual Convention in Muskegon?

The 24th annual Buster Keaton convention will be held on October 5th and 6th, 2018 in Muskegon Michigan. Click here to learn more and register today!

Questions?

Email us at: weekend@busterkeaton.com


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 15th


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Friday, June 15th
Evening

SCREENING (Tentative)

We are looking to have a small screening on Friday night, to get this party started right.  Location and film to be screened are still TBA.


SATURDAY, JUNE 16th


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Saturday, June 16
12:00 noon
Cost: Free

HOLLYWOOD'S SILENT ECHOES TOUR

The great silent comedians filmed more often on the block of Cahuenga south of Hollywood Boulevard than at any other spot in town. Buster Keaton alone filmed eight different movies here, including Cops, at the same alley where Charlie Chaplin filmed The Kid, and Harold Lloyd filmed Safety Last. Join historian John Bengtson (author of Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton) on this popular walking tour. 

  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Distance: Less than 1/2 mile
  • Meeting Place:  SE corner of Selma and Cosmo
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 6361 Selma Ave

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Saturday, June 16
Time: TBA
Cost: Free

TALMADGE FAMILY GRAVESITE

Join Melissa Talmadge Cox on a visit to the final resting place of Norma, Constance, Natalie, Frederick and Margaret Talmadge.

  • Meeting Place:  Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Shrine of Eternal Love, Talmadge room
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard

Lunch Time! (Coming soon: lunch recommendations)


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Saturday, June 16
Tour #1 - 2:30 pm
Tour #2 - 3:00 pm
Tour #3 - 4:45 pm
Cost: Free

KEATON STUDIO TOUR

Featuring nearly 30 locations from a dozen Keaton films, this tour around the site of Buster Keaton’s former studio highlights some early Charlie Chaplin locations as well. Join author/historian John Bengtson for this unique walking tour exploring Mr. Keaton’s neighborhood.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Distance: Less than 1/2 mile
  • Meeting Place: SW corner of Eleanor Ave and Lillian Way
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 1021 Lillian Way

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Saturday, June 16
4:00 pm
Cost: Free

BUSTER KEATON DAY + PLAQUE DEDICATION CEREMONY

The city of Los Angeles will officially declare June 16, 2018 to be "Buster Keaton Day"! Join us for a reading of the proclamation.

Thanks to the donations of hundreds of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin fans from around the world, The International Buster Keaton Society has produced a beautiful bronze plaque to mark the location of the former Buster Keaton Studios in Los Angeles.  (Before Buster, Charlie Chaplin worked there as well. This is truly hallowed Hollywood ground.) Join us along with several special guests as we unveil and dedicate this permanent addition to the fabric of Los Angeles.  

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Scheduled speakers:
    • Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
    • Leonard Maltin
    • Patricia Eliot Tobias
    • John Bengtson
    • More!
  • Meeting Place: SW corner of Eleanor Ave and Lillian Way
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 1021 Lillian Way

Dinner Time! (Coming soon: dinner recommendations)


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The film star is on the north side of the 6200 block of Hollywood Blvd.

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The TV star is on the north side of the 6200 block of Hollywood Blvd.

Saturday, June 16
Between dinner and the movie (or any time!)

BUSTER'S STARS ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

What's a trip to Hollywood with a trip down the Hollywood Walk of Fame?  Buster has been honored with two stars, one for his work in film, and one for his work on TV. After dinner, and before heading over to the Egyptian Theater, take a moment to check them out!


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Saturday, June 16
7:30 pm
Cost: $12:00 ($8.00 for members of the American Cinematheque)

SCREENING: BUSTER KEATON FEATURE (TBD)

The historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood will screen one of Buster Keaton's classic feature films just a few hours after (and a few blocks away from) the dedication of the studio plaque. Smack in the middle of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Egyptian Theater is one of Los Angeles' cinematic treasures.  Join us for a special night, and stay after the show to hear film critic (and one of the first Damfinos) Leonard Maltin talk about the life and legend of Buster Keaton.  

  • Duration: TBA
  • Meeting Place: The Egyptian Theater
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 6712 Hollywood Blvd

SUNDAY, JUNE 17th

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Sunday, June 17
Early Morning (Time TBA)
Cost: Free

HOLLYWOOD'S SILENT ECHOES TOUR

If you couldn't make it to this tour on Saturday, here's another chance!

The great silent comedians filmed more often on the block of Cahuenga south of Hollywood Boulevard than at any other spot in town. Buster Keaton alone filmed eight different movies here, including Cops, at the same alley where Charlie Chaplin filmed The Kid, and Harold Lloyd filmed Safety Last. Join historian John Bengtson (author of Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton) on this popular walking tour. 

  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Distance: Less than 1/2 mile
  • Meeting Place:  SE corner of Selma and Cosmo
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 6361 Selma Ave

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Sunday, June 17
11:00 am
Cost: Free

A VISIT TO BUSTER KEATON'S GRAVESITE

Join us as we pay tribute to Buster Keaton with a visit to his final resting place.

  • Meeting Place:  Forest Lawn Cemetery (Hollywood Hills location)
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 6300 Forest Lawn Drive Los Angeles, CA 90068

Lunch Time! (Coming soon: lunch recommendations)


BONUS DAY: WEDNESDAY JUNE 20th


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Wednesday, June 20
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: TBA

L.A. CONSERVANCY presents: STEAMBOAT BILL JR.

If you're still in town on Wednesday, come see this Keaton classic at the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

  • Meeting Place:  Orpheum Theatre
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 842 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014