Rose Garden
Neighborhood Association

Silent Film Event and Street Fair in celebration of Allentown’s 250th Anniversary

  • June 28, 2012
  • 5:00 PM
  • 19th Street between Liberty and Allen

Celebrate Allentown’s 250th with a journey back to Hollywood’s Silent Era!

On June 28th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm, join Civic Theatre of Allentown, the West End Alliance and the City of Allentown for a family-friendly “Black and White” Street Fair and Silent Film Event!  The highlight of the evening is a screening of the Buster Keaton Silent Classic, “The General” in the theatre at 7:30 pm. The presentation will include live accompaniment on the historic 1928 Moeller Grand Organ, by renowned organist Don Kinnier.

Prior to the film, enjoy free “Black and White” Street Fair featuring music, food, fun, and a variety of children’s activities. Tap your toes to the music of Ben Mauger’s Vintage Jazz Band and mingle iconic movie stars of yesteryear including Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and The Marx Brothers. The first 250 people to attend the event will also receive a coupon for a free hot dog at one of Yocco’s Lehigh Valley locations.

“The General” is widely regarded as one of the greatest silent comedies. Filled with hilarious visual gags and perfectly timed stunt work, the film tells the story of single brave, but foolish, Southern Confederate train engineer doggedly in pursuit of his passionately-loved locomotive (“The General”) AND the woman he loves. Tickets to “The General” are birthday priced at $2.50 for kids and $5.00 for adults. Advance sale tickets are available online at, at the Civic Theatre Box Office, or by calling 610-432-8943. Tickets are also expected to be available the night of the event.

The Silent Film and Street Fair is sponsored by Civic Theatre of Allentown, The West End Alliance, The City of Allentown 250th Celebration, Allen Organ, Buckno Lisicky & Company, F.A. Rohrbach Constructor, KNBT and Yocco’s The Hot Dog King.

Advanced sale tickets for “The General” are now on sale. Click the link below and select "Buy Tickets Now!" near the bottom of the page. Please note: There is a $1 per ticket convenience fee on all advanced sale tickets to this film event.

Thursday, June 28 @ 7:30 pm
With Don Kinnier, Organ

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