JAMESTOWN – The National Comedy Center is celebrating ‘I Love Lucy Day’ by opening a new gallery and hosting several online events.
Thursday, October 15, commemorates the anniversary of CBS’s first broadcast of the comedy show in 1951.
The gallery, opened Thursday in the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, celebrates “Lucy in the Movies,” featuring a timeline of Lucille Ball’s 90+ theatrical films, a video presentation produced in partnership with Turner Classic Movies and displays of screen-used wardrobe from fan-favorite films including Mame, Forever Darling and Yours, Mine and Ours.
Center officials say this is the first of several galleries to debut at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum this year and next.
There is also a free online Lucy trivia event featuring classic moments from the show, along with two online conversations about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. These programs are now available on demand at ComedyCenter.org/LucyTrivia.
A newly-enhanced “LucyTown” Driving Tour also launched online, showcasing significant and historic locations and venues throughout the Jamestown area that represent aspects of Lucille Ball’s life and career – from I Love Lucy murals to her schools and various residences to Lucille Ball Memorial Park, home now to two “Lucy” statues. The tour is available for free at ComedyCenter.org/LucyTownTour.