Buster Keaton classic to be screened at launch of new Palace Sunday Silents

Buster Keaton in The General

The Palace Cinema in Broadstairs is launching a Sunday Silents event.

Simon Ward and Corrina Downing, who own the independent cinema in Harbour Street, have even bought a piano ready for music to accompany classic films from the silent era.

Palace Sunday Silents will give customers the opportunity to see the classic films on the big screen once a month, with live piano accompaniment by Lillian Henley. Lillian is a performer and composer with an amazing track record of work for the British Film Institute and the Barbican Centre.

The first Palace Sunday Silent on December 17 is the Buster Keaton comedy The General (U).

Keaton plays a railroad engineer who loves his train, The General, almost as much as he loves his girlfriend, Annabelle. When spies steal The General (and, unwittingly, Annabelle), Keaton uses every means possible to catch the train and rescue his gal. Performing his own outrageous stunts (no CGI here!), Keaton combines his incredible physical feats with impeccable comic timing in one of the all-time cinema greats.

Palace Sunday Silents are presented by the Palace Cinema in partnership with Wall of Sea.

The first film

The General (U) with live piano accompaniment.

Sunday, December 17, 4.30pm.

Tickets: £6/£5, children age 14 and under £3.50, tickets can be reserved now

The Palace Cinema, Harbour Street, call 01843 865726 or go to  www.thepalacecinema.co.uk