Garden Spot Village Invites Public to Enjoy Silent Comedy “Shorts”

January 17, 2012

Organist Wayne Zimmerman to accompany three films on Saturday, February 4.

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Jan. 17, 2012 — Garden Spot Village invites the public to enjoy three short silent comedies starring Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. Renowned theater organist Wayne Zimmerman, of West Chester, will accompany the films on the community’s Rodgers church organ.

“Last fall, we screened the 1929 The Phantom of the Opera with organ accompaniment, and people really enjoyed it,” said Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment at Garden Spot Village. “This time we’re presenting three comedies that will be very entertaining. We invite our neighbors to join us for a fun evening.”

The program will include The Rink, a 1916 film starring Chaplin as a roller-skating waiter who manages to make a mess at both the rink and the restaurant. The Bell Boy, filmed in 1918, stars Arbuckle; his nephew, Al St. John; and a young Keaton in a story that involves romance and a robbery at the Elks Head Hotel. Keaton also stars in The Electric House, filmed in 1922 when he had come into his own as an actor, writer and director.

The movies will be screened on Sat., Feb. 4, beginning at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave. in New Holland. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 717- 355-6000.