Laurel and Hardy played in ASTON,
Birmingham. March 1954,
at the Aston Hippodrome Theatre. They stayed at the Station Hotel.
Opposite the Aston
Hippodrome is the 'Bartons
Arms' public house (below - left).
You can judge the proximity from the photo on the right.
The Bartons Arms was built in 1901, as the
for Mitchell & Butlers Brewery, and is considered to be
one of the finest examples of Victorian pub architecture. Atop is an imposing square clock tower.
The above photo shows Stan and Ollie passing through the gate on the side of the Hippodrome, to get to the stage door, with the 'Bartons Arms' clearly in the background. [N.B. The photo only proves that Stan and Babe PASSED the pub. It does not prove that they used to drink in there. (Not even cold tea!)]
Sorry to say, the theatre was demolished long ago, but the 'Bartons Arms' is still there. In fact - it's now in colour!
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