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Silent Film Series announced

Silent cinema stars will light up Chautauqua Auditorium’s silver screen during the 33rd annual series. Step back in time and enjoy an only-at-Chautauqua experience from a bygone era. Running weekly June 13 – August 15, the film series will feature silent stars and audience favorites such as Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Douglas Fairbanks as well as newly found documentary film, “The Epic of Everest” (1924). Each film is accompanied by live music provided by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, pianist Hank Troy or the Silent Cinema Trio.

• June 13 – Rin Tin Tin: Where the North Begins (1923) with Hank Troy, piano
• June 20 – The Freshman (1925) with Hank Troy, piano
• June 27 – The Mark of Zorro (1920) with The Silent Cinema Trio
• July 11 – Charlie Chaplin Comedy Night (1917 & 1919) with The Silent Cinema Trio
• July 18 – The Epic of Everest (1924) with Hank Troy, piano
• July 25 – Son of the Sheik (1926) with Hank Troy, piano
• August 1 – Speedy (1928) with Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
• August 8 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) with Hank Troy, piano
• August 15 – Beggars of Life (1928) with Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

All films start at 7:30 PM in the Chautauqua Auditorium. Tickets on sale now! Buy tickets online.

For the Love of Spock – April 6

Leonard Nimoy’s career is chronicled in this fascinating documentary directed by his son Adam Nimoy, who began his filmmaking career directing episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Adam has said that the documentary started out as a history of the Spock character, and key elements of the culture based around him. But after Leonard Nimoy’s death in 2015, it transformed into a joint biography of the actor and his character. View the trailer here. Friday. April 6. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.


Heather Hansen: Wildfire – April 11

Heather Hansen is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers from San Francisco to Johannesburg. In her newest book, “Wildfire,” Heather Hansen takes a look at wildfires through the eyes of the firefighters. Spending 18 months with the City of Boulder’s wildland firefighters, Hansen learned what it takes to be a member of this elite group and how citizens can help turn around the destructive trends in wildfires. Learn more about how she “became obsessed” with wildfires here. Wednesday, April 11. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.


Peter & Will Anderson play Gershwin – April 13

The Washington Post has called their music “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz.” Known for their exciting renditions of American songbook gems, infectious swing and blues, Peter and Will’s program will draw from the songbooks of their favorite composers including Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter. Listen to them perform “Purple Gazelle” here. Friday, April 13. 7:00PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.


Your Life, Your Legacy – April 9

Most people make financial plans for the future—planning college funds, vacation, retirement, healthcare—but very few like to think about death, let alone plan for it. But by pre-planning your funeral and final legacy wishes, you relieve your family of having to make important financial decisions during a period of great stress and grief.

Join Matt Fox, general manager of Crist Mortuary & Mountain View Memorial Park, for an afternoon conversation on the value of pre-arranging your final wishes as a gift to surviving family members. Coffee and cookies will be served, and admission is free. 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Please RSVP to Shannon Bock at


Quick spring getaway at the lowest rates of the season

Spring is in the air and you know what that means: blooming buds, warm weather and the desire to leave the house for a weekend getaway. Gather your friends and family for a quick spring getaway and take advantage of our lowest rates of the season. Select from studio and one-bedroom cottages and enjoy the scenery, go for a hike, savor a meal at the Chautauqua Dining Hall, or take in an event at the Community House during your stay.

*Restrictions: Offer valid on new reservations only through April 30, 2018. Cannot be combined with any other offers. No promo code needed to redeem this offer. Plan your stay today! Click here to book online.


Calling all families! It’s time to book summer camp.

Are you looking for the right summer camp for your kids? Look no further.

Camp Chautauqua is not your typical camp. We have gone to great lengths to design an enriching experience that allows children ages 6-13 to develop important leadership skills, discover their passions, and forge a stronger connection to nature.

Running July 2 – 27, camps offered for full day, morning sessions, afternoon sessions or mix-and-match sessions are now available.

Click here to learn more about Camp Chautauqua. Online registration is now available for all session types.


The Chautauqua Dining Hall is hiring energetic and hard-working staff this summer! Please visit the careers page on for more information.

• General Store Supervisor
• Server – Minimum 1 year of serving/customer service experience
• Bartender – Minimum 1 year bartending experience
• Barista – Minimum 1 year of experience
• Expo – Experience required
• Banquet Server
• Host
• Busser
• AM and PM Line Cooks
• Prep Cook
• Dishwasher


Chautauqua Auditorium (b. 1898)

When the Auditorium was built in 1898, the floor was dirt – and covered with sawdust. “The children may play in the sand at their parents’ feet,” said the Chautauqua Bulletin.

The auditorium was originally open on three sides to provide for free passage of air. But with the slightest breeze, or even when anyone walked about, dense clouds of sawdust and dirt filled the building, obscuring the view of the stage and often requiring a wet handkerchief held over the mouth. Sprinkling water on the floor, installing huge wooden doors on the north and south sides of the building, and even boarding up the west windows didn’t help much.

Mary Bradford Rovetta, a Chautauqua summer resident from 1915 through 2015, once shared that in the 1920’s, the children would sneak into the Auditorium every morning to search through the dirt for change that had fallen out of pockets the night before. At the end of the season, the sawdust was sold because of the possibility there was money in it!

Texas and American flags over the stage. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Chautauqua Association archives.

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