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Not So Silent Cinema: Charlie Chaplin Short Films

The high-impact, three-dimensional experience delivered by the modern movie-going experience certainly is immersive.  Sometimes, though, it’s poignant to experience movies as they were in the birth of the industry.

Believed by many to be the most iconic film star of all time, nobody does it like Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin pioneered aspects of acting, directing and writing that shaped the course of cinema history. On March 2nd, Bucks County Playhouse will host a unique silent-film-meets-music-accompaniment event.

Charlie Chaplin


Grab the kids for high energy hijinks! This program, featuring several short films Chaplin made between 1916-1917, show the rapid evolution of Chaplin’s style from no-holds-barred slapstick to a more nuanced storytelling. Not So Silent Cinema is excited to present these classic films with new original scores composed by Brendan Cooney and performed live by The New River Ensemble during the screening. Tickets are $25 plus fees.

Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill after a group of community activists, led by Broadway orchestrator Don Walker and playwright Moss Hart, rallied to save the building.  The Playhouse quickly became one of the country’s most famous regional theaters, featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, George S. Kaufman, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Bert Lahr, Walter Matthau, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Liza Minnelli and Audra McDonald and remained in continuous operation until December 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, and Broadway producer Jed Bernstein. For tickets, click here.

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