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20th Kansas Silent Film Festival Features Jayhawk Theatre

Some of the films that will be screened at the 20th Kansas Silent Film Festival, February 25-27. (Image credit: Carol Yoho)

The Kansas Silent Film Festival takes place in Topeka next week, from Thursday, February 25 through Saturday, February 27. This year's festival is special in a number of ways. It's the event's 20th anniversary. Some of the most historically significant films of the silent genre will get a free screening. And finally, part of the festival is being held in the Jayhawk Theatre in downtown Topeka. There's been talk for years about renovating the old theatre and making it into a downtown destination. KPR's Laura Lorson talked with Bill Shaffer, one of the organizers of the film festival, about why the Jayhawk...even as it is an ideal spot for the opening of this year's festivities. 

Bill Shaffer of the Kansas Silent Film Festival spoke with KPR's Laura Lorson. The festival runs next week from Thursday through Saturday (the 25th through the 27th). Reservations are required by this coming Monday (February 22) for the festival's opening night reception and screenings at the Jayhawk Theatre. All of the films showing on the 26th and 27th at Washburn University are free and open to the public and do not require reservations. For more information, visit A complete schedule of films can be found here.

Bill Shaffer discusses the 20th Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival:


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