It could get messy at the Rex Cinema, Elland, this month when comedy favourites Laurel and Hardy take over the silver screen for the night. Saturday, March 22 is the date for the cinema’s ever-popular ‘Another Fine Mess’ fun filmnight. The shows have become an annual event over the last few years due to the overwhelming enthusiasm of comedy and film fans from far and wide.
On the bill this year are the feature film ‘Our Relations’ and three shorts - or ‘two reelers’ - ‘Wrong Again’, ‘Brats’ and ‘Laughing Gravy’.
Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson) and Oliver Hardy made 73 20-minute ‘two reelers’ and 26 feature films between 1926 (when films were still silent) and 1952, when their final film Atoll K was released. They were without doubt the screen’s most enduring comedy duo and the films chosen for this year’s show represent the period between 1929 and 1936 whenthey were at the peak of their career.
‘Wrong Again’, from the silent film era, will have live accompaniment on the Conn organ by James Kenny of Ripponden.
Rex proprietor Charles Morris said: “Our Laurel and Hardy nights have maintained their popularity ever since our first one 20 years ago.
“In the last two or three years there has been so much enthusiasm that we have decided to hold them every year.
“We get members of the Laurel and Hardy ‘tents’, as the fan club is known, coming from far away and some dress up in all their regalia.
“We also hope there will be Laurel and Hardy memorabilia stalls, as in previous years.
“Organist Ben Hinchliffe will be playing before the show and during the interval but ,ore than anything else it is the atmosphere of 300 people laughing in unison at the antics of these two clowns which really makes it a special night.
“We get people of all ages coming along and it’s quite an experience - something to cheer us all up and get us out of winter.”
The film show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 for everyone.
Mr Morris said: “We recommend that people obtain their tickets in advance but there may be some on the box office on the night.” Tel: 01422 372140.
l Organist Alan Atherton will give the monthly organ concert at the Rex on Sunday, March 16 at 2.30pm.