Silent greats usher in 100 years of cinema

An evening of laughs in the company of Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin takes the Rex, Elland back to where it all started
An evening of laughs in the company of Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin takes the Rex, Elland back to where it all started

The Rex Cinema in Elland is celebrating its ‘official’ 100th birthday this month - by returning to the silent era.

On Saturday there will be an evening of rib-tickling entertainment from the golden era of silent films with musical accompaniment on the Conn Theatre Organ.

The Rex Cinema in Elland has increased its Laurel and Hardy film night from an occasional tribute to a much-anticipated annual event

The Rex Cinema in Elland has increased its Laurel and Hardy film night from an occasional tribute to a much-anticipated annual event

The movie Safety Last is a classic comedy thriller from 1923 with Harold Lloyd as the department store employee who scales the outside of a skyscraper as a publicity stunt. It contains the iconic scenes of Harold hanging off the hands of a clock. Also in the programme, which starts at 7.45pm, are comedy films starring Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy.

The Smallest Show on Earth is the attraction for Wednesday, March 20 at 2.30pm and Thursday, March 21 at 7.45pm. The classic comedy from 1957 stars Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna as a young couple who inherit a fleapit cinema and set about restoring it with the help - and hindrance - of its long-serving employees played by Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford and Bernard Miles.

The Rex’s much-anticipated annual Laurel and Hardy night is on Saturday, April 6 with Jail Birds as the main feature and a supporting programme of ‘two-reelers’. Tickets are now available from the cinema.

The Rex celebrated its 100th anniversary in December but celebrations have been held over to a less-hectic time.

Proprietor Charles Morris said: “It gives us a great sense of pride that the cinema is still open after 100 years. We have outlasted the Art Deco cinema palaces of the 1930s, survived television, bingo, home entertainment and the arrival of the multiplex. People like the atmosphere we provide and the personal service we offer. We have done terrific business in recent weeks with films like Les Miserables and Quartet.”

The Rex is one of the earliest purpose-built and structurally unaltered cinemas to still be showing films.

For more information contact 01422 372140.

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