Two Buster Keaton classics screened at Historic Everett Theatre

If you liked “The Artist,” get ready to see one of the masters of silent film at Historic Everett Theatre.

The theater is screening a double-feature of Buster Keaton movies tonight and Saturday.

Keaton, known as “The Great Stone Face” for his physical comedy combined with a stoic expression, stars in the cinematic masterpiece “The General” as well as “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”

For this special occasion, the Historic Everett Theatre is rolling out its grand old pipe organ, to be played by organist Andy Crow.

Crow is considered a theater organ institution, having entertained audiences throughout the Western Washington region since the 1960s. Crow plays for silent movies, parties and concerts for the Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society.

And there’s no better theater to show “The General” than at the 110-year-old Historic Everett, where the movie played when it first came out, almost exactly 85 years ago. on Jan. 29, 1927.

Orson Welles said of “The General”: “It is the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.”

In “The General,” Union spies steal an engineer’s beloved locomotive.

Johnnie loves his train, The General, and also Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins, he is turned down for service because he’s more valuable as an engineer.

Annabelle thinks it’s because he’s a coward.

Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnnie rescues both single handedly and straight through enemy lines.

In “Steamboat Bill, Jr.,” an effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father’s crew as Dad tries to turn his son into a man. When his father is arrested, Willie decides to get him out of jail.

“The General” and “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” are showing starting at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett.

Tickets are $8 and $6. Call 425-258-6766 or online at www.etix.com or go to the website at www.everetttheatre.org.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.

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