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!
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
It asks the question, "After 80 years and a multi-million pound restoration, can a theatre with a blighted past lure the punters back?"
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.
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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.
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 :-
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...
Arlo and Janis
Eric Schultz sent us this press cartoon from around ten years ago.
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.