Movies That Reawaken Wonder - 2017

“Movies That Reawaken Wonder” celebrates the magic of movies and movie-going. It explores why we fall in love with films, such as how “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” evokes “the wonder of childhood” and “Night of the Living Dead” conjures “the wonder of horror.” To honor the theatre’s vaudeville past, live entertainment is packaged with the screenings. For example, a live organ accompanies Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” and Donna Reed’s daughter Mary Owen introduces the holiday favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Additional pre-show entertainment will be announced as each movie nears. As part of an ongoing campaign to complete the theatre’s cinematic sound upgrade, the November selection will be UPCA’s gala fundraiser featuring a celebrity introduction, which we plan to announce this spring.

Currently the first two movies of the “Reawaken Wonder” series are on sale (click the links below to purchase):

March 5
The Wonder of Childhood
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

April 2
The Wonder of Science Fiction
“Blade Runner (2007)”

May 7
The Wonder of Mom
“The Sound of Music”

June 4
The Wonder of Heroes
“Dog Day Afternoon”

June 25
The Wonder of America
“Coming to America”

August 6
The Wonder of Summer

September 10
The Wonder of Comedy
“City Lights” (with live organ)

October 29
The Wonder of Horror
“Night of the Living Dead”

UPCA’s movie gala - TBD

December 17
The Wonder of Holiday Magic
“It's a Wonderful Life”

With the closing last year of the Ziegfeld Theatre in Midtown, United Palace is the city’s last remaining movie palace regularly showing movies. The stunning architecture and 3,400-seat theatre – Manhattan’s 4th largest – provide a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience. The pre-show entertainment strengthens the communal experience of watching a movie, endangered by the ubiquitous access to videos on handheld devices, TVs, and computers. The New York Times called the United Palace “a cathedral for film." AMny said it was the “Best way to see movies like they used to be.”

“Our favorite compliment is when we hear that watching a movie at the Palace is as electric as attending live theatre,” said UPCA Executive Director Mike Fitelson. “Our audiences range from cinephiles who dress up in period costumes to families who want their children to see cherished movies on a 50-foot screen for the first time.”

Movie tickets at the Palace, Manhattan’s only theatre north of 128th Street, are $10 online and $15 at the door for adults and $5 online and $10 at the door for children, students, and seniors. Tickets to the annual gala screening are $10-$100.

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