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Mount Baker Theatre presents silent film series with Dennis James on Wurlitzer organ

Mount Baker Theatre hosts a “Silent Film Series,” letting viewers experience silent films the way they were meant to be seen — in the vintage glamor of an ornate movie palace with a live score by a musician furiously playing a Wurlitzer pipe organ.

The first in the three-part series is “My Best Girl” at 3 p.m. Nov. 30 in the theater’s mainstage, 104 N. Commercial St.

The 1927 film stars Mary Pickford (who also produced the film). It’s a romantic comedy about a shop girl who gets more than she bargained for when she falls in love with a handsome new employee, played by Buddy Rogers (who, coincidentally, was Pickford’s future husband). Comedic chaos ensues when she learns the five-and-dime’s charming hired hand is also the store owner’s son.

Dennis James accompanies the film on the theater’s refurbished Wurlitzer organ. James has spent more than 40 years as a solo film accompanist, providing silent films with live music using original scores or historic assemblages.

The next films in the series are Jan. 11 and March 22.

Tickets, $10 to $22.50, are at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.

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