Movie Night with the ESO Oct 7-9 features the film City Lights, Popcorn, Photo Ops & a Visit from “Charlie Chaplin”

Movie night with the ESO Oct 7-9 will include a showing of Charlie Chaplin's silent film masterpiece City Lights, the story of a destitute tramp that falls in love with a blind flower girl, with the Orchestra, led by Resident Conductor Stephen Squires, performing the movie score live. Popcorn at the Hemmens Cultural Center will be provided by Mama Lee's Gourmet Popcorn, mamaleespopcorn.com. There will be opportunities for taking photos with fun props and a visit from "Charlie Chaplin" himself. The film runs 90 minutes without an intermission. Sponsors are WDCB Radio, The Palmer Foundation, EFS Foundation, and the Fran & Patricia Houlihan Foundation. For tickets, starting at just $30, call 847-888-4000 or visit ElginSymphony.Org. Call for student tickets, which are $12.

City Lights tells the story of a destitute tramp living in the city streets who meets and falls in love with a blind flower girl. The same day, he saves the life of a drunken millionaire, who only remembers their meetings when he is drinking. When The Tramp discovers that the girl and her grandmother face eviction from their home, he tries to make the money they need, but he fails miserably every time. The drunken millionaire rewards The Tramp with $1000, but when sober forgets that he gave him the money. The Tramps rushes the funds to the flower girl and is then arrested. After he is released from jail, The Tramp discovers the girl has opened a flower shop. Having been cured of blindness, she sees The Tramp in the window, and brings him a flower. When she touches his hand, she knows who he is and he realizes she can see. The film closes as The Tramp smiles shyly at his love.

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