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Silent Movies Comedy Film Festival At The Historic Park Theatre

park-theatre-Film-FestivalCelebrating the theatre’s 100th Anniversary 1913-2013

This August 2013 on the 3rd & 4th and again on the 17th & 18th, the theatre will present 2:15 p.m. matinees of the Silent Movie Comedy Film Festival.

Purchase tickets in advance ($10.00) now at Macdonald Book Shop, 152 E. Elkhorn or the Park Theater, 130 Moraine Ave. or go online to or to the link at

Very few remain who enjoyed listening to Hazel Baldwin perform piano accompaniments to silent movies in the Historic Park Theatre. That was “back in the day” after all. Nor have many of us ever seen a silent film accompanied by a live piano in a theatre with the tradition and history of The Historic Park Theatre in Estes Park, Colorado.

Thus, as a tribute to Hazel Baldwin and the silent film era, and as a fundraiser for the Historic Park Theatre on its one hundredth birthday, and because it’s just great entertainment, Steve Smersh and the Historic Park Theatre are pleased to bring you four days of Silent Film Matinees.

This year they will show at 2:15 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, the 3rd and 4th and again on Saturday and Sunday, the 17th and 18th of AUGUST, 2013.

Each day you will see a great comedy show with selected masterpieces of the best comedians (such as Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton) from the silent movie era; it’s wholesome fun for you and your family.

We are all familiar with motion pictures and the sound that accompanies them, but not all of us have experienced the unique art form that combines cinema and live piano. And if you’ve never experienced it or missed last year’s show, then be sure to come this year.

While there are silent films being shown at a few venues here and there, most are accompanied by a recorded sound track, not by an actual live piano, and not by an accomplished and seasoned pianist/organist with the talent of Jordan McBeen.

Jordan started playing piano at the age of 5. In his teens, inspired by the great organist, Dorothy Patterson, he focused on the organ as his primary instrument. However he never abandoned the piano, playing all kinds of venues, from casinos, restaurants and night clubs to weddings, skating rinks, churches, cathedrals, theaters, and senior centers. He’s even played the piano at the Silver Queen in Virginia City, Nevada and has played with various bands (country, latin, rock, jazz and gospel) … eventually developing an array of diverse styles.

He draws from classical, ragtime, blues, pop, rock and other styles and genres and mixes it with his own compositions, many times impromptu, to make each Silent Film performance a unique, once-in-a-lifetime presentation.

The Historic Park Theatre is celebrating its 100th year! What could be more fitting and fun than showing movies as they were during the first year of operation? And who better than the talented Jordan McBeen to accompany them.

Come to one of the matinees and enjoy this rare, delightful, one- of-a-kind event… a unique opportunity to see silent movies just as they were performed 100 years ago, in a theatre 100 years old!

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