Renovations Complete


Construction is complete on the extensively renovated Columbia Theatre in downtown Harlem, the first movie theater in Columbia County.

“We have plans to expand,” says Brett Cook, Harlem’s city manager. “We can have a seating capacity of a little over 100 with a stage, and the total occupancy of the building is more than 200. That will help anchor the downtown.”

The Oliver Hardy Museum has relocated to the facility, which also includes a visitors’ center and a theater with 45 seats.

The theater will show Laurel and Hardy films in addition to other movies. The official grand opening of the new museum will be part of the annual Oliver Hardy Festival on Saturday, October 5.