Silent films boomed in popularity after the failure of white-noise films, which folded due to audiences of poltergeists continually haunting theaters without paying for tickets. Revel in speechless cinema with today’s Groupon to the Charlie Chaplin Film Festival on Friday, July 29, and Sunday, July 31, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get two one-day passes (a $15 value each) and two alcoholic drinks (a $7 value each; a $44 total value).
- For $32, you get two weekend passes good for both Friday and Sunday (a $25 value each) and two alcoholic drinks (a $7 value each; a $64 total value).<p>
Constructed in 1926 and renovated in 2005, the Arcada Theatre maintains the age-old ambiance and modern amenities necessary to host the Charlie Chaplin Film Festival, an ode to the iconic film star. Chaplin, beloved vaudeville comedian and revolutionary in the field of statement-making mustaches, made more than 80 flicks between 1918 and 1958, several of which will be projected over the weekend. The silver-screened selections revolve around classics such as The Great Dictator, a satire penned by Chaplin about Nazi Germany, and Modern Times, the story of a man daunted by industrialism’s confusing machinery and strict ban on colors other than black and white. Festival attendees can pair nostalgic sights with sips of wine, beer, or well cocktails from the theater’s bar.