Laurel and Hardy Silent Films w/ Live Music

Sun. Jan 10, 2016 at 3:00pm EST
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$5.00 - $8.00
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Laurel and Hardy Silent Films w/ Live Music

Chad Hunter thinks we’re not laughing as much as we used to. To prove it, the executive director of the Hollywood Theater is issuing a “Laugh Challenge.” “Anyone who can sit through our January 10th matinee without laughing at least once will get a ticket refund plus a large popcorn.” 

Hunter isn’t worried about losing either money or popcorn. He hedged his bets by asking comedy expert Dan Kamin to select the program. Kamin not only created comedy moves for both Robert Downey, Jr. (Chaplin ) and Johnny Depp (Benny and Joon), he’s also an internationally celebrated comic performer in his own right, currently performing, a la Victor Borge, with symphony orchestras around the globe. 

Kamin chose what he calls “a program of irresistible rib-ticklers” for the Challenge. “I picked three of Laurel and Hardy’s best silent films, for three reasons. First, their humor hasn’t dated at all. Second, they appeal to all ages. And third, there’s no dialogue to drown out, so you can laugh louder and longer.” 

Hunter adds, “We’re so confident that there will be no refunds that we’re bringing in Jay Spencer, house organist of the Canton Palace Theatre in Ohio, to accompany the films on our Rodgers Theater Organ. Jay’s accompaniment makes the films even funnier. We’re thinking of having a paramedic on duty to deal with people laughing themselves sick.”

Kamin will introduce the films and lead a post-film conversation with another Laurel and Hardy fan, David Newell, aka Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. “If there’s anyone who can keep a poker face for these films I want to meet them,” says Newell. “Laurel and Hardy always crack me up.”

In You’re Darn Tootin’ the boys are fired from their jobs in a band and become street musicians, resulting in one of the funniest scenes of mob mayhem in movie history. In Big Business they’re going door-to-door to sell Christmas trees—in July. Their first customer treats them rudely, and before long their trees, his house and their car have been destroyed. In Liberty they are escaped convicts who end up stranded on the girders of an unfinished skyscraper, where thrills alternate with the laughs. Showtime is 3 PM, and doors open at 2:15pm. Come at your own risk. 

Doors open at 2:15pm, films at 3:00pm


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Hollywood Theater 1449 Potomac Ave
Dormont, PA 15216