Famous Charlie Chaplin film played, along with Stevens County-based show at Chewelah theatre…
On February 6-7, 1923, Charlie Chaplin’s picture “The Kid” played at Chewelah’s Empress Theatre with admission prices of 35 and 15 cents.
“It took one whole year to make this, the greatest six reels of joy ever shown,” the advertisement for the movie said.
“The Kid” featured child actor Jackie Coogan as Chaplin’s adopted son and sidekick. This was Chaplin’s first full-length film as a director. “The Kid” is notable for combining comedy and drama. As the opening title says: “A picture with a smile—and perhaps, a tear.”
Also playing on February 15-16, 1923 was the movie “Quincy Adams Sawyer” which features footage from the Columbia River. “619,200 People Have Seen Stevens County in New York City” the add in the Chewelah Independent exclaimed. The movie was shown in New York’s Capital Theatre for 43 days.
The first showing of the picture in the state of Washington was at the Empress Theatre in Chewelah on Feb. 15-16 with all the river scenes in the movie being shot at Kettle Falls. Film crews had spent nearly a month at Kettle Falls shooting footage of the famous water features which could eventually disappear with the creation of the Grand Coulee Dam.
(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)