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Just announced! – 2015 Summer Silent Film series
Plus two not-so-silent films

Bring your friends and family and enjoy these very special, only-at-Chautauqua summer events, featuring silver screen classics with live musical accompaniment.

This year’s film series begins and ends with talkies, with “The Bicycle Thief” starting things off and “The Great Dictator” bringing the series to a close. In between are silent films that vary along the spectrum, from Hitchcock’s serial killer thriller, “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog,” to a handsome print of the favorite fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

• The Bicycle Thief (1948) – June 3. 7:30 PM.
More than 60 years since its original release, “The Bicycle Thief” continues to maintain its position as one of the greatest films ever made.

• Chicago (1927) – June 10. 7:30 PM.
Featuring live musical accompaniment by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
The film on which all subsequent musicals were based, “Chicago” recounts the true story of Beulah Annan, fictionalized as Roxie Hart, and her spectacular murder of her boyfriend.

• The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) – June 17. 7:30 PM.
Featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
The Hitchcock thriller “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog” is described as the film that paved the way for Hitchcock’s later work by revealing his psychological attraction to the association between sex and murder.

• Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1916) – June 24. 7:00 PM.
Featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
The beautiful film adaptation “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [sic]” is based on the 1912 Broadway play of the beloved fairy tale and was recently restored by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

• Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) – June 30. 7:30 PM.
Starring Buster Keaton with live musical accompaniment by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
“Steamboat Bill Jr.” is Buster Keaton’s final independent production before he was hired by MGM and is a comic masterpiece that represents the full breadth of Keaton’s remarkable talents.

• Nosferatu (1922) – July 6. 7:30 PM.
Featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
F.W. Murnau’s classic vampire movie that depicts Dracula as a nightmarish, spidery-creature with a bulbous head and talon-like claws – perhaps the most genuinely disturbing incarnation of vampirism yet envisioned.

• Why Worry? (1923) – July 11. 7:30 PM.
Starring Harold Lloyd with live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
When the young, wealthy hypochondriac Harold sails to the small nearby island of El Paradiso for respite, he remains blissfully unaware that he is in the midst of a revolution. When he is separated from his nurse and valet, he is imprisoned, where he meets a friendly giant, Colosso. The two unlikely partners engineer an escape and together, they quell the revolution in this classic comedy.

• People on Sunday (1930) – July 22. 7:30 PM.
Featuring live musical accompaniment by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Hailed as a work of genius, this hybrid of documentary and fictional storytelling is notable not only for its portrayal of daily life in Berlin shortly before Adolf Hitler became Chancellor, but also as an early work of future Hollywood writer and director Billy Wilder.

• Three Ages (1923) – July 29. 7:30 PM.
Starring Buster Keaton, with live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
A wonderfully fun comedy, “Three Ages” is teeming with inventive flourishes that follows the hard-luck romantic adventures of a man throughout world history: from the Stone Age, through Ancient Rome, to streets of the American Jazz Era.

• Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) – August 12. 7:30 PM.
Starring Rudolph Valentino, with live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano and Steve Mullins, guitar
The WWI epic and romantic drama “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” had a huge cultural impact when first released, becoming the top-grossing film of the year, beating out Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid.” The film turned then little-known Rudolph Valentino into a superstar.

• The Trail of 98 (1928) – August 17. 7:30 PM.
Featuring live musical accompaniment by The Silent Cinema Trio
“The Trail of 98” captures and brings to life local Colorado history on the silver screen with remarkable visuals. Partly filmed at Rollins Pass and other Colorado locations, as well as Alaska, this adventure film follows fortune hunters from all over the country who rush into the Klondike in 1897 to seek their fortunes in gold, and are tested by many hardships along the way.

• The Great Dictator (1940) – August 25. 7:30 PM.
Starring Charlie Chaplin
“The Great Dictator” is Charlie Chaplin’s first talkie and satirical political comedy, which he directed, scored, produced and stars in. The film offers a stirring, controversial condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini’s fascism, anti-Semitism and the Nazis.

All shows will be screened in the Chautauqua Auditorium. Tickets on sale now. Buy Tickets Online here.

Also available: 2015 Silent Film Series Pass: features one ticket to each of the above films. $120.00 ($60.00 Concert Member) Purchase 2015 Silent Film Series Pass here.



Dan Simmons: “The Fifth Heart” – March 31

Join award-winning and national best-selling author Dan Simmons as he debuts his newest novel, “The Fifth Heart.”

The story follows the trail of Sherlock Holmes and Henry James’ 1893 investigation of the mysterious death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams—member of the Adams family that has produced two U.S. presidents. Simmons is most widely known for his Hugo Award-winning science fiction series, the “Hyperion Cantos,” and for his Locus-winning Ilium/Olympos duology. Tuesday, March 31. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.



Celebrate Spring with Easter Brunch

Spring has officially sprung and the Dining Hall is taking reservations for Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 5.

Reservations are filling up fast and the Dining Hall will be accepting call ahead seating reservations the day of. Weather permitting, the porch will be open. The Dining Hall will offer their regular weekend brunch menu, with two to three additional delicious Easter specials. A menu is forthcoming.

To make a reservation, call 303.440.3776 or to reserve via email click here.



2015 summer volunteer applications now open

Interested in being part of some great entertainment while supporting a community nonprofit? Volunteer at Chautauqua! Applications are now open for the 2015 summer season.

Volunteers are an essential part of providing a memorable and enjoyable experience for Chautauqua patrons. Click here for more information and online application.



West Garden Walk project continues

The brick path that runs east to west through the Centennial Garden is scheduled to undergo repairs this week, resulting in limited pedestrian access through the garden. The path to the west of the garden, in front of Cottage 200, will remain open and passable. An additional passable route to the Dining Hall and north part of the campus is available along the east side of the Auditorium.

Please use caution when traveling in this area, as conditions may be muddy.

The next phase of the West Garden Walk project will include grading and stone work as an ADA compliant sidewalk and associated landscape are put into place.

For more information, please contact CCA’s Facilities and Preservation Manager Jeff Medanich at 303.952.1676.

Auditorium ADA accessible restroom project continues

Movement of heavy equipment and machinery continues around the Auditorium in preparation of the construction of an ADA accessible restroom structure. The restroom will feature six stalls with ADA accessible accommodations for both men and women and is expected to be completed in mid-May, weather permitting, for the start of the 2015 Chautauqua Auditorium season.

This restroom project is managed and funded by the City of Boulder. For more information about this project, contact the City of Boulder Facilities Asset Management Department or call 303.952.1676.



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