Oberlin College and Conservatory

Film Screening with Live Accompaniment: Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Wednesday, February 16 at 8:00pm

Apollo Theatre
19 East College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

In-person only.

Part of the week-long Cleveland Silent Film Festival and Colloquium.

Buster Keaton’s 1928 silent classic STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (dir. Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton) will be screened at Oberlin’s beautifully restored Apollo Theater, with live accompaniment performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

Cast includes Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Tom McGuire, and Marion Byron.

William “Steamboat Bill” Canfield (Torrence) eagerly awaits the son he hasn’t seen in years. He expects a husky, scrappy fellow like himself who will help him take on the competition from a luxurious new riverboat. Then “Jr.” (Keaton) arrives sporting a pencil-thin mustache and a beret and strumming a ukulele. Oh yeah, and there’s a cyclone. The film, known for Keaton’s most famous movie stunt, was selected in 2016 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Running time: 71 minutes

Admission Free.

For Covid policy see https://www.apollotheater.org/covid-19/

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Keaton (left) as "Jr.," a disappointment to his pa

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