Mount Baker Theatre is excited to provide the rare opportunity of experiencing silent films the way they were meant to be seen: in the vintage glamour of an ornate movie palace with a live film score provided by a musician furiously playing the mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ.
Guest organist and historic preservationist Dennis James has spent over forty years honing his craft as a solo film accompanist, providing silent films with period-authentic live music using either the original scores issued with the films or historic photoplay assemblages. James takes these exciting compilation scores to MBT’s refurbished Wurlitzer, recreating the original sound of three silent films first shown at the Theatre when it opened in 1927.
The General (1927) starring Buster Keaton
In this action-adventure comedy, legendary funnyman Buster Keaton plays a Confederate engineer racing to save the woman he loves and his beloved locomotive, “The General,” from Union spies during the Civil War. Originally a box office disappointment, the film is now widely considered to be one of the greatest ever made.
“Dennis James’ playing brought tears to my eyes…his score was just what we intended it to be when we made the film.” Lillian Gish, silent film star