Chaplin As He Was Meant To Be Seen

As film geeks, we do, from time to time, go into fits when we hear about unique ways to see cinema classics -- Jaws on the beach, for instance -- that we couldn't get to. But this Saturday, at the renovated Kessler Theater in Dallas, we're pretty sure we have the best chance of seeing a once in a lifetime screening in the way it was meant to be seen.

Turn back the hands of time for...oh, a couple of decades, and you may recall the Kessler Theater was once a movie house. Now that it's been renovated, it's a multi-use space that includes local music and other performances, though this event takes the Theater back to it's roots by screening Charlie Chaplin's 1921 film "The Kid" -- complete with a live music score from guitarist/composer Marc Ribot.

Ribot will launch the "Storytellers at The Kessler" series hosted by the theater, where they will bring in artists to perform sets of material outside their normal presentation -- case in point, a live music score to a silent movie. The Kessler group is even encouraging attendees to dress up in period costumes -- think Prohibition-era, folks -- to complete the back-in-time effect.

"In all my time of promoting shows and putting on events in Dallas, I can honestly say that I've never seen anything like what we're doing this Saturday night," Kessler Artistic Director Jeffrey Liles told us in an e-mail. "Just seeing a Charlie Chaplin film inside the building will be a poignant moment, but having one of the greatest living film score composers on hand to provide a live score will almost certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Find tickets and additional information at the official Kessler Theater website.

The Kessler Theater
1230 West Davis Street
Dallas, TX 75208

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