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Mount Baker Theatre Presents:

Silent Film Series with Live Organist Dennis James – The General

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

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Show Run Time:

Approx. 1.5 hours (film running times are 75-90 min.)

Box Office Hours:

Monday through Friday, 10 am to show time. If there is no show, the office closes at 6:00 pm.
On weekends, the office opens 2 hours prior to show time

Special Services:

Wheelchair accessible seats are available through the Ticket Office. The Theatre is not equipped with elevators or escalators. Assisted listening devices or earplugs can be picked up at the complimentary coat check located inside the main doors. Ask an usher to obtain a booster cushion for small children. All services are subject to availability.


All sales are final. Please check your order thoroughly before making your purchase. MBT Members can exchange the value of their tickets for another MBT-presented show of equal value. Tickets must be returned to the Ticket Office before the show for an exchange. Tickets can be donated back to the Theatre at least 24 hours before the show as a tax deductable contribution.

Student Rush:

Students can purchase half-price tickets at the Ticket Office starting one hour prior to the performance. Limit of one ticket per valid college student i.d. Subject to availability.

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