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Stan & Ollie in Leicester Square cinema

To celebrate the launch of the brand new, refurbished Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London, Stan & Ollie will be the very first film shown to the public on 20th December.

Tickets are selling fast so be sure to grab your seats now!

Laughing Gravy Tent

The Laughing Gravy Christmas Tent meeting is today, Thursday, 6th December. We will be showing three films - Twice Two, Perfect Day, and Towed in a Hole. Plus a look back at a small selection of photos from our special 25th Birthday year. We will also show the clip of the tent appearing on Midlands Today. As usual we will have a selection of tasty festive treats - mince pies, chocolate logs, snowballs etc.

A big turnout is expected so please arrive as early as you can. Hope to see lots of you there. Full details on our website

John Ullah on Facebook

Alexandra Palace

You may be interested in the re-opening of the Alexandra Palace Theatre (always known as "Ally Pally". As it was on my "patch" when I was a police officer in North London, I did have the privilege of visiting it in its dilapidated state. So pleased it has re-opened.

Some Fred Karno troupes performed there and I have attached this tatty poster.

There is an article on the BBC News App, titled

Will Gompertz reviews the restoration of Alexandra Palace's Theatre

It asks the question, "After 80 years and a multi-million pound restoration, can a theatre with a blighted past lure the punters back?"


Roger Robinson

Blu-ray releases

PRE-ORDER NOW: - Your favourite Laurel and Hardy films on Blu-ray for the first time ever. The Very Best Of Laurel & Hardy: 5-Film Collection (BD) [Blu-ray](Region Free). This title will be released on December 10, 2018.

Ross Owen on Facebook

On Radio 2

A Men o' War Tent member let us know that John C Reilly was on the Chris Evans radio show (30.11.18.) and, apart from talking about the upcoming new Wreck-It Ralph film, there was about 3 minutes chat about the Stan & Ollie film.

This can be heard via the BBC website (link below) and the Stan & Ollie topic comes up at about 31mins 30 seconds in.

Paul Harding


Rats honour

At the end of November, I was at the GOWR Annual Ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Very palatial and prestigious event with 800 attendees. Among the celebrities were Tom O'Connor, Jess Conrad, Rick Wakeman, Alfie Boa, the Hairy Bikers, Vicky Michelle, Nicholas Parsons, Steve Hewlett and Roger de Corurcy.

A nice surprise was that I was presented with 'The GOWR Friend of the Year 2018 award' by King Rat Adger Brown (remember him at Norwich) and Museum Curator Ken Joy.

Roger Robinson

Congratulations, Roger. Very well done!

Laurel and Hardy at Southbank

The BFI are celebrating Laurel and Hardy with a 3 week season of films at the Southbank, London, comprising of their best films. There is a mixture of features, silent and sound shorts during this three week programme commencing on New Year's Day. In addition there will five screenings of Stan & Ollie on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th January 2019.

Check out this link for further details :-


Roger Robinson

Some photos

It's great that books continue to be published, particularly photos of Stan's life in Santa Monica.

There are a few pics of the new Oceana building (I think it was reconstructed, not sure though) I took many years ago. The first ones are of Stan and Ida's (I think) graves in Hollywood Hills cemetery. All the grave stones are flat on the ground so it doesn't look like a cemetery. Great idea...

Glynne MacDonald

More screenings

There was a special screening in Glasgow of Stan & Ollie last week, including a Q and A with the director. I only found out about it hours before it. It is spectacular. Great performances all round. Not a dry eye in the place.

There is an unlimited screening of the film in Glasgow on the 18th of December but it is for Cineworld unlimited card owners only.

James Marno

Arlo and Janis

Eric Schultz sent us this press cartoon from around ten years ago.

Blockheads at Christmas

The Blockheads Tent of Edinburgh held their annual Christmas Party on Sunday 2nd December. They enjoyed a fine slection of movies, great food and drink, a raffle and a visit from Santa.

Charlie Lewis and Martin Craig proudly displayed a photograph of themselves with the Proclaimers, taken twenty-five years ago, when they completed a charity walk.

Iain Wilson was able to update members on the Facebook page he has started for the tent.