As most of the world is staying at home during this coronavirus pandemic, life has not been as we have known it. Most events have been canceled as people cannot gather. That includes our Chimp Tent meetings.
But all is not lost. While we are staying safe at home, there is a nearly limitless supply of terrific old movies and cartoons available to view. Every week I have been sending out a list of a few selected cartoons and films starring Laurel and Hardy, Chaplin, Keaton, Chase, and others to lift our spirits. Check out our Facebook page for the latest links.
Hang in there. We will all get through this together.
Enjoy the shows!
Grand Sheik Jeff Suess
The Chimp Tent, Oasis No. 279
The Chimp Tent rings in the new decade with an evening of Hal Roach comedy films made in the year 1930. Laurel and Hardy are at the top of their game in “Another Fine Mess,” “Brats,” and “Hog Wild,” while Harry Langdon shines in “The Big Kick” and Charley Chase joins Thelma Todd and Anita Garvin in “Whispering Whoopee.”
Join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 6:45 p.m., at the Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Dr., Kenwood, Cincinnati 45236. $6; children and Chimp Tent members free.
Join us for the Chimp Tent’s annual holiday festivities with “A Season for Giving,” featuring Laurel and Hardy in “The Fixer Uppers,” “The Finishing Touch,” and “The Music Box,” plus Jackie Cooper, Joe McDoakes, Harry Langdon, Sylvester and Tweety and yuletide surprises.
Join us on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 6:45 p.m., at the Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Dr., Kenwood, Cincinnati 45236. $6; children and Chimp Tent members free.
Feel dead on your feet? Does the news leave your knees shakin’? Want to lift your spirits? Come out to the Chimp Tent’s October meeting for some spooky, kooky fun with Laurel and Hardy!
There will be tricks ‘n treats with “Gh-gh-ghosts!” — a thrilling, chilling, bone-tingling good time with Stan and Ollie, Buster Keaton, Our Gang, Charley Chase, and some cartoon favorites. And don’t forget your costumes!
Join us on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 6:45 p.m., at the Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Dr., Kenwood, Cincinnati 45236. $6; children, Chimp Tent members and ghosts free.
The Chimp Tent returns this summer for a special tribute to Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy to celebrate the greatest comedy duo of all time. We will be showing the recent biographical film along with some fun surprises—you’ll have to come to find out what!
Join us on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 6:45 p.m., at the Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Dr., Kenwood, Cincinnati 45236. Free.
It’s no secret that “Silence Please!” is our 11th annual all-silent movie night at the Chimp Tent. We will have a joyous not-so-silent night as all our films will have live accompaniment by our team of marvelous musicians, Joan Chrislip, Art Funk, and Don Hurd!
We will have Laurel and Hardy in “Bacon Grabbers” and “Angora Love,” plus Buster Keaton in “One Week,” and Charley Chase in “Isn’t Life Terrible?” along with Max Lindner, Koko the Clown, and other silent-era gems!
Join us on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 6:45 p.m., at the Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Dr., Kenwood, Cincinnati 45236. $6 adults, free to kids 13 & younger and Chimp Tent members.
Holy smokes! Have we got a red-hot special Chimp Tent meeting in store for our meeting on February 16. We will be spending a night in the museum—the Cincinnati Fire Museum!
Not only will we have hilarious Laurel and Hardy films, we will be able to tour the fire museum and learn about Cincinnati’s firefighting history, such as that we had the first professional fire department in the U.S.
There will be plenty of hot stuff showing for “A Hot Time in the Old Town,” with some of the worst firefighters ever—featuring Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, Charlie Chaplin, The Three Stooges, plus some explosive surprises!
Join us at the Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 West Court Street, Downtown, on Saturday, February 16, starting at 6:45 p.m. Be sure to leave some time to tour the museum! The museum entrance is included as part of the usual Chimp Tent admission—that’s $6 and free for children under 13 and Chimp Tent members.
Believe it or not, it has been 10 years since Grand Sheik Emeritus Gene Sorkin started the Chimp Tent — on December 6, 2008! My, how time flies…
Please join us for the 10th anniversary of The Chimp Tent sharing the films of Laurel and Hardy, featuring “Big Business,” “Twice Two,” and “Block-Heads,” plus Our Gang, cartoons, and our “fabulous” raffle!
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 6:45 p.m., at Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 334 Burns Ave., Wyoming, Ohio 45215. $6; free for children and Chimp Tent members.
And this is the perfect time to renew your Chimp Tent membership for 2019, or to buy one as a gift!
Put on your spurs and hitch up to the Chimp Tent’s celebration of the Wild, Wild West! It will be the rootinest, tootinest hootenanny this side of the Rio Grande! Laurel and Hardy find themselves “Way Out West” along with pardners Our Gang, Harold Lloyd, Joe McDoakes, Bugs Bunny, and John Wayne. Happy trails!
Join us on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 6:45 p.m., at the Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Dr., Kenwood, Cincinnati 45236. $6 adults, free to kids 13 & younger and Chimp Tent members. Costumes welcome for our October meeting.
Summer vacation is not over yet! Join Laurel and Hardy for one of those most memorable of trips—the ones where nothing goes right. Come join the traveling mayhem with Stan and Ollie in “Berth Marks” and the classic feature “Sons of the Desert.” We’ll also have visits from Our Gang in “Seeing the World,” Charley Chase in “On the Wrong Trek,” as well as classic cartoons featuring Mickey Mouse, and more!
Join us on Saturday, August 18, at 6:45 p.m., at the Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Dr., Kenwood, Cincinnati 45236. $6 adults, free to kids 13 & younger and Chimp Tent members.