Night for silent film legend

Charlie Chaplin.
Charlie Chaplin.

A special evening dedicated to Charlie Chaplin and a Second World War miracle visits Halton this Friday.

‘Monument to Charlie Chaplin’ combines film, live music and performance of an evening at the cinema in 1941 interrupted by a miracle at wartime.

It commemorates the bombing of the National Picture Theatre in Hull, which is now a national heritage site under threat from private investors.

On March 18 1941, audiences gathered for a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’. The cinema was bombed that night. Remarkably, all 150 in attendance survived.

‘Monument to Charlie Chaplin’ is a short black and white movie projected on 16mm reel, accompanied by an introduction featuring live music. There will be a short interval, followed by a screening of ‘The Great Dictator’ (1940). The show is in memory of the picture theatre and of the wonderful career of Charlie Chaplin himself.

The production has been created by father and son professional performance company Kings of England and forms part of Spot On Lancashire’s Spring season of rural touring.

The show at Halton Mill starts at 8pm. Tickets are available directly from the venue by calling the box office on 07890 728094.