The site of the old Pinehurst Hotel and current home of the Arabian. (Photo by Sean Murphy)

Costume party, Chaplin film at Arabian birthday bash

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Charlie Chaplin stars in “The Gold Rush,” a silent movie that will be shown on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Laurel’s Arabian Theatre across from City Hall in downtown.

The Arabian had its grand opening day in April 1927.  It operated as a movie house for 50 years, and then after closing, Laurel Little Theatre bought the building and saved it to become its own performing arts theatre.

To celebrate the 91st birthday of the last remaining downtown movie palace, LLT will have a 1920s costume and cocktail party (costumes optional) showing Chaplin’s masterful comedy.

Chaplin’s hilariously famous “Little Tramp” is a gold prospector who becomes trapped in a deserted cabin during a snowstorm, and the movie features the comedian’s most beloved bits and silliest moments. 

It received several Academy Award nominations, and is on the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies” list.

Admission is free for LLT season ticket holders (no punch will be taken, you just show your season ticket) — or single admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.   

The movie runs 90 minutes, and this silent film features a lush musical score.  

LLT’s reservation line answers 24 hours per day at 601-428-0140.