Laurel & Hardy Festival
There's been a serious revival lately in restoring and appreciating the films of comedians Laurel & Hardy - chiefly at the Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. But that effort wouldn't have been nearly as strong without the staunch enthusiasm L.A. revival houses have shown for the pair in the past 70 years. Hence the weekend's Laurel & Hardy festival of shorts at the Old Town Music Hall, one of the last theaters devoted to regularly screening the duo's films. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the innocent/blowhard dyad of comedy, transitioned from silents into talkies and from shorts to features, and have become an integral part of the city's DNA. Many of those self-same shorts preserve a vision of Los Angeles as it existed almost a century ago, and the stairs at 925 Vendome in Silver Lake are now known as the Laurel & Hardy stairs, so rock-solid is their legacy. With accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer, one of the distinct delights of moviegoing in L.A. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., June 20, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., June 21, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; Sun., June 22, 2:30 p.m.; $10, $8 seniors 62 and older. (310) 322-2592, oldtownmusichall.org.
Fri., June 20, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., June 21, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; Sun., June 22, 2:30 p.m., 2014 (Expired: 06/22/14)
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