Columbia Theatre honors Oliver Hardy
posted by Mike Rogers on October 1, 2010 at 7:45 am
HARLEM, GA — Oliver Hardy Day is celebrated the first weekend of October. Tens of Thousands attend from all over the world as the town closes the streets for crafts and parades in honor of Laurel and Hardy.
The Columbia Theatre, just recently renovated after a change in ownership, will be playing Laurel and Hardy movies all day Saturday October 2nd. Harlem is Oliver Hardy’s hometown. The one sheet frames have reproductions of some of the movies posted.
For more info call City Hall.
Waaaaaay back in 1952, my grandmother treated me to a special twelfth birthday lunch at the “swanky” Polygon Hotel in Southampton, England.
While we were dining, Laurel and Hardy entered the grand dining room and were seated adjacent to our table. The packed room then warmly applauded their entry.
We waited until they finished their meal then politely asked them to autograph the menu. Big Stan looked at his companion and said “Now that’s a fine mess you’ve got us into.” Then Olly flipped out his tie, rubbed his head and started to cry. Then they each burst out laughing and shook my hand which held two “comp” front row tickets for their live show at the local Gaumont Theatre (now the Mayflower).
What a most memorable day for me, especially when they each waved to me from the stage. Now that’s big star quality!
Wow,Thanks Simon for a wonderful story.This event in Harlem,Ga. pulls about 40.000 folks each year.The town is small two or three policemen, a few thousand residents.I went one time and it was great,but so crowded you really didn’t have a great time even with the main street closed off and people filling the street.
Great storys Simon and Mike.
Thanks.It is a Big Event even though I feel the crafts for sell maybe out do the honoring of Oliver Hardy.