Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theatre

611 N. Fairfax Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Donald John Long
Donald John Long on November 21, 2002 at 9:24 pm

I’ll never forget the time I went to this wonderful place in 1973 to see a Silent Screen Comedians Film Festival, and when I went to the lobby, I met a charming old gentleman whom I had seen seated in the flickering darkness enjoying some silent slapstick by Laurel & Hardy. He and I struck up a conversation, and since I had just started Film School, I wanted to get a firsthand look at cinema history. The gent I spoke with told me he used to work with Laurel & Hardy, and Hal Roach. I asked him what his name was, and he said, “Marvin Hatley”. He then put on a 1930s-era bowler hat, like L&H sported in all their films, and started whistling the “Cuckoo Song” to me! I was nearly bowled over by that, because I had seen many sound Laurel & Hardy comedies when they were first run on television in the early 1950s, and here I was talking to the man who was the music director for Hal Roach, and had written the “Cuckoo Song”! I saw him one more time after that, in 1986, just before his passing, at a Hollywood meeting of the “Sons of the Desert”, the Laurel & Hardy Fan Club, where he sold me an autographed copy of a record album he had made, “Music for Laurel & Hardy”.

BrianMontgomery
BrianMontgomery on June 24, 2002 at 2:04 pm

A great place in the 40’s -70’s to see great silent movie programs. Run by a sweet couple, she’d sell candy and he’d run the projector. It’s been renovated to nicer then it ever was, and the silent movies look great. Also they have a pianist playing along live to the movies. Highly recommended!!!