Thursday, September 11, 2014

Charlie Chaplin Shorts at the Strand

A Hundred Year Old Tramp is Coming to Eighty Year Old Strand Theatre

A caterpillar mustache + a bowler hat + one funny walk + a comic genius = “The Little Tramp.”

Actor, director, writer, composer Charlie Chaplin was born in 1889, but the “Little Tramp,” his most famous persona, was born in 1914 - one hundred years ago. The Strand Theatre will celebrate the centennial of this icon of the early days of motion pictures (and its own eightieth anniversary) with special screenings of 12 short Chaplin silent comedies on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. The films each last about 25 minutes and will be shown in blocks of three. Discount advance tickets will be on sale at Highway 61 Coffeehouse. Advance tickets for each block (3 films) will be $5. An advance pass to see all 12 films will be $15. At the door tickets will be $7 per block.

This collection of Chaplin's comedies for the Mutual Studio features 12 newly restored films, all scanned under the aegis of Association Chaplin at a resolution of 2,000 lines from original 35mm prints gathered from archives all over the world, then digitally assembled and restored, a collaborative effort of Lobster Films in Paris and L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy.

Daniel Boone, film programmer for the Strand said, "Yes, these are old silent films, but they were made at a time when a person of any age could watch them and understand the humor as well as the emotions of the actors. I think grandparents should bring their grandchildren, (and vice versa) to these films. We have scheduled two programs that children 12 and under can see for free with their family. This will be a perfect family outing. We have spent all Summer working on a new air conditioning system for the theatre, and we are excited about having audiences come experience it."

Show Times:
Saturday, September 20
                3 PM - Block 1: The Floorwalker, The Fireman, & The Vagabond. (Children 12 and under get in free to this show with accompanying adult).
                5 PM - Block 2:  One A.M., The Count, & The Pawnshop.

Sunday, September 21
                1 PM - Block 3:  Behind the Screen, The Rink, & Easy Street. (Children 12 and under get in free to this show with accompanying adult).
                3 PM -  Block 4: The Cure, The Immigrant, & The Adventurer.

The Strand is exhibiting these films courtesy of Flicker Alley, Lobster Films Paris and Film Preservation Associates. 

The Strand Theatre is located at 717 Clay Street in downtown Vicksburg. Call 601 529 7252 for more information.