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2016 Chautauqua silent film series announced

Silent cinema stars will light up Chautauqua Auditorium’s silver screen during the 31st annual series. Running weekly June 7 – August 9, the film series will feature silent stars and audience favorites such as Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, John Gilbert and Charlie Chaplin as well as newly found prints. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, pianist Hank Troy and the Silent Cinema Trio. All shows: 7:30 PM. Tickets on sale now. Buy Tickets Online here.

The General (1927) – Wednesday, June 1

Starring Buster Keaton and featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
The 2016 series kicks off with one of the most revered comedies of the silent era. The film finds hapless Southern railroad engineer Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton) facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnnie’s fiancée, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers, using various modes of transportation in comic action scenes that highlight Keaton’s boundless wit and dexterity. Also screened will be the short film “The Goat” (1921) starring Buster Keaton.

Show People (1928) – Tuesday, June 7

Featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
Starry-eyed country girl Peggy Pepper (Marion Davies) dreams of being a movie star. So that she can begin her career, she persuades her father (Dell Henderson) to take her to Hollywood. After a rough start, Pepper catches a break when she meets small-time studio liaison Billy Boone (William Haines), who lands her a job acting in a cheap slapstick comedy. Pepper quickly makes a name for herself and is signed for more high-profile projects, much to the dismay of Boone, who is falling for her. Directed by King Vidor.

Bardelys the Magnificent – Wednesday, June 22

Featuring live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
A dashing rogue (John Gilbert) assumes the identity of a dead traitor and hides at the estate of a lovely, but icy, aristocrat (Eleanor Boardman). Based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini, “Bardelys the Magnificent” the film is set during the reign of King Louis XIII.

Beauty & the Beast (1946) – Wednesday, June 29

Featuring the 1995 Phillip Glass opera soundtrack with English subtitles
Jean Cocteau’s adaptation of de Beaumont’s fairy-tale of a gentle-hearted beast in love with a simple and beautiful girl. She is drawn to the repellent but strangely fascinating Beast, who tests her fidelity by giving her a key, telling her that if she doesn’t return it to him by a specific time, he will die of grief. She is unable to return the key on time, but it is revealed that the Beast is the genuinely handsome one.

The Cameraman (1928) – Wednesday, July 6

Starring Buster Keaton and featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
Photographer Buster (Buster Keaton) meets Sally (Marceline Day), who works as a secretary for the newsreel department at MGM, and falls hard. Trying to win her attention, Buster abandons photography in order to become a news cameraman. In spite of his early failures with a motion camera, Sally takes to him as well. However, veteran cameraman Stagg (Harold Goodwin) also fancies Sally, meaning Buster will need to learn how to film quickly before he loses his job. Also screened will be the short film “The Cook” (1918) starring Buster Keaton & Fatty Arbuckle.

Why Be Good? (1929) – Wednesday, July 13

Featuring live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
A salesgirl (Colleen Moore) falls in love with the wealthy heir to the store where she works, so his father orchestrates an elaborate test of her virtue. This comedy was long considered lost but in 2012 Cineteca Italiana di Milano, who housed the print, returned it to the United States for restoration.

The Kid (1921) – Wednesday, July 20

Starring Charlie Chaplin and featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece about a little tramp (Chaplin) who discovers a little orphan (Jackie Coogan) and brings him up but is left desolate when the orphanage reclaims him. Chaplin directed, produced and starred in the film, as well as composed the score. Also screened will be “A Dog’s Life” (1918) starring Charlie Chaplin and a young pup.

The Big Parade (1925) – Wednesday, July 27

Featuring live musical accompaniment by The Silent Cinema Trio
Wealthy young idler Jim Apperson (john Gilbert) enlists during the early days of World War I, to the worry of his mother (Claire McDowell) and the pride of his father (Hobart Bosworth). Sent to the front lines in the French countryside, Jim bonds with his working-class bunkmates Slim (Karl Dane) and Bull (Tom O’Brien) and falls in love with young French farm girl Melisande (Renee Adoree), despite having a girlfriend (Claire Adams) back home. But the romance of war is soon shattered for good. The film heavily influenced all subsequent war films, especially “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930).

Daughter of Dawn (1920) – Wednesday, August 3

Featuring live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
The story, played by an all-Native American cast of 300 Kiowas and Comanches, features a romantic rivalry involving a Kiowa chief’s daughter and ensuing conflict between Kiowa and Comanche villages.
For decades, “Daughter of Dwan” was rumored to exist, but was not in any archive and feared to be a lost film. The 1920 multi-reel, feature-length film was rediscovered and restored a few years ago. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra was commissioned to compose a new soundtrack for the film, which they will premier at this screening.

For Heaven’s Sake (1926) & Number Please (1918) – Tuesday, August 9

Starring Harold Lloyd and featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
Wealthy ladies’ man J. Harold Manners (Harold Lloyd) enjoys a privileged, sheltered life. So, when he finds out his name is being used to bring people into a mission in the poorer part of town, Harold sets out to get his moniker removed from the project. Instead, he meets the priest’s daughter, Hope (Jobyna Ralston), and is smitten. That Hope is from the wrong side of the tracks doesn’t dissuade Harold from pursuing her. The question is whether this uptown boy can win over a downtown girl.
Also screened this evening will be Lloyd’s masterpiece short, “Number Please.”


Afternoon Tea concludes Sunday

Just a few more days to enjoy an afternoon tradition at the Dining Hall!

Offered through Sunday, March 27, the tea service includes a classic assortment of sweet and savory pastries, scones, tea sandwiches, sweet cakes and a pot of premium tea. Cost: $22.00 per guest or upgrade with a glass of sparkling champagne for $27.00 per guest. Enjoy happy hour pricing on house wine and cocktails to complement the tea service. 24 hour advance reservations with a credit card are required. Served daily from 2 – 4 PM through Sunday, March 27. For reservations, call 303.440.3776 or click here.


Now hiring year-round and seasonal positions

Do you want to work at one of Colorado’s most beautiful locations? The Colorado Chautauqua Association is currently accepting applications for customer-oriented team members to fill the following positions:

Year-round full-time position

• Facilities and Preservation Specialist
• Hospitality Assistant

Seasonal part-time positions

• Event Staff
• Technical Staff
• Box Office Staff
• Assistant Box Office Manager

For a complete list of job openings and information, click here.
The Chautauqua Dining Hall is also hiring for the summer season. Positions include: Servers, Bartenders, Hosts, Banquet Server/Bartender, Banquet Set Up, Busser/Support, Concessions and General Store. To apply, send your resume to to set up an interview.


Patio and restroom repairs underway at the Dining Hall

Colorado Chautauqua Association crews are currently working at the Dining Hall to refurbish and repair the flagstone terrace in front of the restaurant. Areas being repaired will be coned off and access to the Dining Hall will be maintained. The work will take the remainder of this week and depending on the weather, will continue into part of next week.

In addition, the City of Boulder is remodeling the public restrooms under the Dining Hall. The restrooms will remain closed until anticipated project completion in April. The public is advised to use the public restrooms located at the Ranger Cottage during this closure.

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