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Laugh it up: Stoogefest returns to the Riviera Theatre

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Larry, Curly and Moe bring the laughs to the big screen in the Riviera Theatre

After 20 years as a summer-only celebration, the Three Stooges Film Festival at the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda) has branched out. The first winter version of the event will start at 7 p.m. today (Feb. 18)  at the theater.

Organizer and chief stooge fan Lenny Potwora asked the crowd at last summer’s Stoogefest if they would be interested in a winter event. "The reaction was pretty strong from the crowd," says Potwora, so he and theater manager Frank J. Cannata agreed on a date.

The Stoogefest will include seven shorts from various phases of the Stooges’ long career. Potwora carefully selects films that feature different plots and even various Stooges. Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard were the mainstays, but after Curly’s health failed in 1946, Moe and Larry worked with Shemp Howard, Joe Besser and Curly Joe DeRita.

The Stoogefest will be preceded by a concert on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Door prize and raffle drawings for Stooges items will be held during intermission.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under and available at the box office (call 692-2413), online at www.rivieratheatre.org and at Hollywood Collectables in the McKinley Mall. For more information, call Potwora at 432-6827.

-- Anne Neville

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