Tower Theatre to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Buster Keaton’s “The General”

One of the landmark films of America’s silent film era will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a special screening presented by the Tower Theatre Foundation Tuesday, August 16 at 8 p.m.

Directed by and starring Buster Keaton, this masterpiece follows a Southern railway engineer who has “only two loves in life,” his locomotive and the beautiful Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When Union spies steal his beloved train, Keaton single-handedly pursues it straight through enemy lines. The storyline is a recreation of an actual wartime incident, and skillfully combines physical comedy, picturesque locations in Cottage Grove, Oregon, and of course, Keaton’s love of trains.

“The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made”.  –Orson Welles

The screening will be accompanied by a seven-piece live orchestra performing an original score written specifically for the anniversary by Hollywood composer Mark Orton (“Nebraska,” “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”). Orton’s new “Made in Oregon” score features a unique collection of rare musical instruments that would have been used in the ’20s. The musicians on tour include a string quartet from the Oregon Symphony and a Foley artist for live sound effects.

This screening is presented by the Tower Theatre Foundation. Tickets are on sale now. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online ( Details on events are also at


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