Monday, March 25, 2013

Fatty Arbuckle at the Liberty Theatre, Long Beach

Comedian Fatty Arbuckle makes a guest appearance at the Liberty Theatre, 127 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, California. 

Motography, November 17, 1917: 

Manager Otis Hoyt presents Fatty Arbuckle with a special rattan chair

Mr. [Otis] Hoyt had been playing the Arbuckle-Paramount comedies and upon receiving the news that Arbuckle was on his way west, booked a return of 'Oh Doctor!' and arranged for the appearance of the star in person.

"With the stage braced for the occasion, Hoyt played to the largest house in the history of the theater. After addressing the audience for a few minutes the comedian introduced his jumping-jack relative Al St. John, and the village pest Buster Keaton. Arbuckle's canine pal and actor, 'Luke,' also horned in on the reception.

"Manager Hoyt sprung the surprise of the evening by presenting Arbuckle with a rattan chair of generous proportions which was built expressly for the star and announced to the audience that the chair would be placed in a box which would be reserved exclusively for the Arbuckle party during their stay.

"As box seats in the Liberty are thirty cents it will cost Hoyt eighteen cents every time the Arbuckle party attends his theater"   

Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Liberty Theatre

Cezar Del Valle is available for theatre walks and talks in 2013. 
He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.

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