Columbia River
Theatre Organ Society

3439 N.E. Sandy Blvd., #259
Portland, OR 97232

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CRTOS is dedicated to theatre organ preservation and promotion of this uniquely American instrument. We sponsor theatre organ concerts, silent films screenings, music workshops and theatre organ restoration projects in Oregon and Southern Washington. Click here for more information.

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Buster Keaton Comedy Special

The first event of CRTOS 2016 silent film series

Saturday, February 27, 2016 2:00 pm - Hollywood Theatre, Portland

CRTOS and the Hollywood theatre are starting the 2016 silent film festival new year with two comedy classics from Buster Keaton. "One Week" (24 min) and "Go West" (78 min) are some of the funniest comedy films ever made by Keaton. Included in the show is a silent Max Fleischer cartoon from the Out of the Inkwell series.

The Saturday 2:00 pm matinee features live Unit Orchestra accompaniment with a special score created for this showing by Dean Lemire, playing the Beverly Ruth Nelson memorial organ.

Enjoy the splendor of the Hollywood theatre, along with concessions and fresh pizza from the theatre's "pie hole".

One Week (1920)

Two newlyweds receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift which is supposed to be built in one week.

Buster Keaton as "The Groom"
Sybil Seely as "The Bride"
Joe Roberts as The Piano Mover

Go West (1925)

Keaton portrays Friendless, who travels west to try to make his fortune. Once there, he tries his hand at bronco-busting, cattle wrangling, and dairy farming, eventually forming a bond with a cow named "Brown Eyes." Eventually he finds himself leading a herd of cattle through Los Angeles.

Buster Keaton "Friendless"
Howard Trousdale ranch owner
Kathleen Meyers owner's daughter

Tickets are $10.00 at the door of the Hollywood Theatre.

The Hollywood is located at: 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212.


CRTOS and the Hollywood Theatre presents "King of Kings" March 2016

King of Kings, Cecil B. DeMille 1927, 2h, 35min. Mary Magdalene becomes angry when Judas, now a follower of Jesus, won't come to her feast. She goes to see Jesus and becomes repentant. From there the Bible story unfolds through the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

The King of Kings is a 1927 silent movie. It was directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It is a religious movie about the last weeks of Jesus before his crucifixion. H. B. Warner starred as Jesus. One of the last sequences of the movie, the Resurrection, is in (two-strip) Technicolor. A giant gate built for this movie was later used in King Kong in 1933. The same gate was one of the sets torched for the "burning of Atlanta" scene in 1939 in Gone with the Wind. The King of Kings was the first movie that premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California. The date was May 18, 1927.