Los Angeles to declare June 16, 2018:
"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.

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.)

Be Prepared! Learn More about The Buster Keaton Studios

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The definitive research on Buster Keaton's filming locations in Los Angeles is done by John Bengtson, and can be found in his extraordinary book, Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton (available here). His research continues on his Silent Locations blog. John will give several talks and tours throughout the weekend.

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


Press-related inquiries?

Contact: Jessie Cohen


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 15th


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Friday, June 15th
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Admission: $40

Hollywood Heritage and The International Buster Keaton Society Present:
Buster Keaton Weekend Opening Night Gala

To launch our weekend of Buster Keaton events in Los Angeles, The International Buster Keaton Society is teaming up with Hollywood Heritage for a night of screenings, talks, light dinner, dessert, and time to spend with friends. Program to include:

  • Neighbors and The Goat presented on 16mm with live piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick
  • Rare Keaton commercials
  • Presentation by Paul Dooley
  • Presentation by John Bengtson
  • Remarks by Patricia Eliot Tobias and Alek Lev
  • Catered light dinner and dessert

Seating is very limited. As of May 5th, there are still a few spots available. 
After you RSVP, you will be contacted as soon as tickets go on sale.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Parking: On site, free
  • Address: 2100 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

SATURDAY, JUNE 16th


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Saturday, June 16
Time: 9:00 am
Admission: 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

FILL IN THE FORM BELOW TO RSVP FOR THIS SPECIAL TOUR

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Saturday, June 16
Option 1: 10:00 - 10:30 (THIS TOUR IS FULL.)
Option 2: 11:00 - 11:30 (THIS TOUR IS FULL.)
Option 3: 12:00 - 12:30 (THIS TOUR IS FULL.)
Note: There is an option available for Sunday. See below.

Admission: 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: 30 minutes
  • Distance: Less than 1/2 mile
  • Meeting Place:  SE corner of Selma and Cosmo
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 6361 Selma Ave

Lunch Time!


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Saturday, June 16
Option #1 - 2:00 pm (THIS TOUR IS FULL.)
Option #2 - 2:30 pm (THIS TOUR IS FULL.)
Option #3 - 3:00 pm (THIS TOUR IS FULL.)
Option #4 - 5:00 pm (THIS TOUR IS FULL.)
Admission: 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
Doors Open: 2:30 pm
Presentations Begin: 4:00 pm
Admission: 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
    • Melissa Talmagde Cox
    • John Bengtson
    • More!
  • Meeting Place: SW corner of Eleanor Ave and Lillian Way
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 1021 Lillian Way

FILL IN THE FORM BELOW TO RSVP FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT

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Dinner Time!

There are countless great options, but we can recommend the following for true Hollywood experiences:

Pig 'n' Whistle
6714 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-0000
http://pignwhistlehollywood.com
Reservations suggested (you can make it there by 5:30 or 6:00 after the plaque event.
Next door to The Egyptian Theatre

Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 467-7788
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Reservations suggested (you can make it there by 5:30 or 6:00 after the plaque event.
Walking distance from The Egyptian Theatre


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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
Screening + Panel #1: 7:30 pm (SOLD OUT)
Screening + Panel #2: 9:30 pm (AVAILABLE NOW)
Admission: $12:00 ($8.00 for members of the American Cinematheque)

SCREENING: THE CAMERAMAN

The historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood will screen one of Buster Keaton's classic feature films, THE CAMERAMAN 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, which will include a panel discussion with film critic Leonard Maltin, and Damfino founder Patrica Eliot Tobias.

  • Duration: 80 minute running time + 20 minute panel
  • Meeting Place: The Egyptian Theater
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 6712 Hollywood Blvd

SUNDAY, JUNE 17th


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Sunday, June 17
9:00 am (THIS TOUR IS FULL.)
5:00 pm (As of 6/12, there are still spots available.)
Admission: 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: 30 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
10:00 am (THIS TOUR IS FULL.)
Admission: 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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Sunday, June 17
11:00 am
Admission: 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

FILL IN THE FORM BELOW TO RSVP FOR THIS SPECIAL VISIT

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Sunday, June 17th
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Admission: Free

THE INTERNATIONAL BUSTER KEATON SOCIETY presents:
"SHUT UP!"
KEATON-INSPIRED COMEDY AT THE UCB INNER SANCTUM
+ SCREENING OF THE PLAYHOUSE ON 16MM W/ LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT

Come to Los Angeles' premiere stop for improv and sketch comedy for an afternoon of Keaton-inspired (mostly silent) performances. 

We will also screen Buster's homage to his vaudeville upbringing, The Playhouse. 

  • Meeting Place:  UCB Inner Sanctum
  • Tell your Lyft/Uber/Taxi: 5419 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027

FILL IN THE FORM BELOW TO RSVP FOR THIS UNIQUE COMEDY EVENT

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BONUS DAY: WEDNESDAY JUNE 20th


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Wednesday, June 20
Time: 8:00 pm
Admission: $22 ($17.60 with promo code BUSTERKEATON

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.

Note: Use promo code BUSTER KEATON at checkout for a 20% discount
Also note: YES, you will have to register on their site in order to purchase tickets.

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