The Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff is hosting one of the coolest film events on Saturday that I have heard about in a long time. Following music by the retro orchestra the Singapore Slingers, the theater will run three classic short comedies by the titans of the art form: Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin. And here’s the kicker — pianist Robert Edwards will provide live accompaniment so that we can experience these films as they were originally shown. For anyone who fancies themselves a film buff or historian, this seems like a red-letter day.
The event is an effort to help raise funds for the Texas Theatre, a historical Dallas landmark if ever there was one. This is after all the site that Lee Harvey Oswald was captured while taking in a matinee showing of War is Hell 45 years ago next month. You can read more about the restoration efforts here.