St Luke’s to Host Free Screening of Chaplin’s The Kid


Chaplin - The Kid

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

February is a great month to spend some time frolicking out in the snow before heading inside to warm up together with friends. As a solution to the age-old winter problem of ‘what to do’, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will be holding its second silent movie night with live organ accompaniment on Friday, February 12 at 8pm. Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1921 film “The Kid” will be featured that evening, once again accompanied by Guest Organist Jack Bollman, on the church’s 1954 Aeolian Skinner organ.
The movie is free and open to the public. St. Luke’s will provide popcorn and bottled water for a small donation, and will collect a free-will offering to benefit the Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County (MHA).
“The Kid” is a heart-warming film about a homeless ‘tramp’ that discovers an abandoned, newborn baby in a garbage can. After failing to pass the child on to someone more suitable, he raises the child himself. Simultaneously, the child’s mother realizes her mistake and begins to search for the child. The conflict that arises as a result of the attempts to reclaim the boy and the Tramp’s growing feeling of responsibility result in a memorable tale that has been referred to as “an artful melding of touching drama, social commentary and inventive comedy” by the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.
St. Luke’s Rector, The Rev. Luke Fodor, feels that the classic story’s reminder that everyone needs a friend, especially when they are down on their luck, makes it the perfect choice to support the work of the Peer Recovery Coaching Program of the MHA. The programs goal – to help men, women and families overcome the effects of mental illness and drug addiction, to access their natural gifts and become the people that they are meant to be, is reflected in the personal changes that occur in Chaplain’s character throughout the film.
Fodor explains that the movie nights are being offered by St. Luke’s not only as entertainment, but as a way to help support various programs throughout the city.
“We are delighted to again use our beautiful church as a performance space for the community.” he says. “Screening these silent movies is a way to create community, foster partnership with the Reg Lenna Center of the Arts (which provides our popcorn) and fundraise for a local non-profit that benefit our area. We hope everyone will come join us.”
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street (Corner of Fourth and Main), Jamestown, NY. For more information about the Silent Movie screening or any of the church’s other offerings, contact the church office at 716-483-6405.