CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S “MODERN TIMES” AT TOWNGATE SEPT. 11

WHEELING, W.VA. (August 25, 2015)- – Charlie Chaplin’s politically incisive and laugh-out-loud comedy “Modern Times” returns to the big screen as the Wheeling Film Society presents a one-night-only screening at 7 p.m. Friday, September 11 at Oglebay Institute”s Towngate Theatre and Cinema.

A conversation about the film takes place during the Lunch with Books program at noon Tuesday, September 15 at the Ohio County Public Library. Both events are free and open to the public.

Released in 1936, “Modern Times” is a romantic comedy about working-class struggles and the inequity of the Great Depression and is Chaplin”s last outing as his onscreen alter ego character Little Tramp.

Chaplin is in glorious form in this legendary satire of the mechanized world. As a factory worker driven bonkers by the soulless momentum of work, he executes a series of slapstick routines, a barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle. The film gave Chaplin a chance to speak out about social issues and is a timeless showcase of his untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy.

Though primarily a silent film, “Modern Times” features a synchronized score that includes the melody, “Smile.” There”s also a comical song near the movie”s end.

Oglebay Institute teamed up with Lunch with Books and Wheeling Jesuit University’s Fine and Performing Arts Department to form the Wheeling Film Society. The Society, now in its fourth year, brings together movie fans to watch and discuss some of America”s most iconic films. Films are screened on select Friday evenings and then conversations about the films are held on the following Tuesday during Lunch with Books, which are led by John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit.

Other upcoming Wheeling Film Society screenings for the 2015-16 season include:

October 30, 2015: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 psychological thriller/horror film “Psycho”

April 1, 2016: Robert Altman’s 1970 satirical black comedy “Mash” about a unit of medical personnel stationed at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean war

April 23, 2016 “Hamlet,” a 1948 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play, adapted and directed by and starring Sir Laurence Olivier

Located at 2118 Market Street, Towngate Theatre & Cinema is easy to find and located just across the street from St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in the historic Centre Market District of Wheeling. The box office opens one hour before all shows and can be reached at 304-233-0820.