It doesn’t get more retro than silent movies—and they’re staging a comeback. Not only are Hollywood flicks The Artist and Hugo earning rave reviews and awards, but First Hill’s Sorrento Hotel is adding pre-talkies to its bar menu.
At the cozy Hunt Club on the hotel’s first floor, a new screen plays silent films in an ongoing loop. The restaurant already dishes up time-tested meals like prime rib and wedge salad; the movies just add to its old-timey aura. While the films may fade into the background, they take center stage three times a week with themed cocktail specials. Every Sunday at 5 and Wednesday at 8, watch black-and-white classics (your Charlie Chaplin, your Rudolph Valentino) and enjoy $6 drinks.
Meanwhile, Fellini Fridays feature the likes of La Strada and La Dolce Vita paired with $6 Italian-style quaffs starting at 8. We hear you, film geeks—Federico Fellini didn’t make silent movies. But since they’ll be subtitled and played on mute, it’s basically the same thing. Feel free to recite the lines using funny voices of your own.
More silent film outings:
Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Mondays: First Academy Awards
Paramount Theatre, Jan 23–Feb 13, $10–$34
Enjoy four of the earliest Oscar winners: Tempest (1928, best production design), Street Angel (1928, best actress for Janet Gaynor), The Last Command (1928, best actor for Emil Jannings), and the original best picture winner, Wings. Jim Riggs accompanies on the historic Wurlitzer organ.