Essential Pittsburgh
3:18 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

The 100th Anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp

Hollywood Theatre is celebrating Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character's 100th anniversary Sunday by showing the Pawnshop.
Credit Hollywood Theatre

This Sunday the Hollywood Theater is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first film appearance of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character.  Kid Auto Races at Venice Beach will be featured, along with the premiere of a brand new score of The Pawnshop, written and performed by Pittsburgh pianist Tom Roberts.

Roberts says he tried to relate to Chaplin when composing music for The Pawnshop.

"One of the things that Chaplain is famous for saying is, 'I could never get these music arrangers to understand, you don't make funny music.' So I took the cue from Chaplin, of writing things that sound beautiful and elegant."

Dan Kamin, author of Charlie Chaplin's One Man Show and The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin is also going to make an appearance Sunday to honor Chaplin.

The event starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26 at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont.