Holiday Open House & “The Wizard of Oz”


Sunday, December 11, 2016
Holiday Open House 12-4pm (FREE) & Screening of "The Wizard of Oz" with Lou Lumenick and Tiffany Vazquez from 4-7pm (TICKETED)

We're opening our doors to the community for a special holiday experience for all family members. The afternoon will kick-off with an inspirational holiday service followed by tours of the historic theatre, live music, a family holiday photo station, holiday shopping, and more! After the open house, we will screen “The Wizard of Oz” on NY’s only 50-foot single screen and new digital projector donated by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Holiday Open House

Free Offerings:
12pm - 1:30pm — Holiday Inspirational Service by Reverend Heather Schultz, the United Palace CEO.
1:30pm & 2:30pm — Tours of United Palace will be provided by the Executive Director of UPCA, Mike Fitelson.
1:30pm - 4pm — DIY arts and craft stations, family holiday photo station, holiday shopping, live music by American Idol Top 10 Finalist Anwar Robinson and friends, and concessions. Community members and others are invited to drop off coats and toys to be provided to underserved communities.

Screening of "The Wizard of Oz"

Tickets: $10 at the door and online

4pm — Introduction by former New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick + Special Performances by American Idol's Anwar Robinson and the Dance Project of Washington Heights
4:30 — Movie
6:20pm — Discussion led by Lumenick and Turner Classic Movie host Tiffany Vazquez + Raffles


About Tiffany Vazquez: Tiffany joined TCM in May 2016, becoming the third host hired in the network's history. Born in Bronx, New York and raised in Queens, Vazquez holds two graduate degrees, one from Saint John's University in international communications and the other from New York University in cinema studies having interned at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In 2014 Vazquez entered and won TCM's 20th Anniversary Ultimate Fan Contest, flying to Atlanta to introduce a film of her choice on-air with Robert Osborne.

Plot summary: When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help.
Starring: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Margaret Hamilton. Directed by: Victor Fleming, Mervyn LeRoy, King Vidor, George Cukor, and Norman Taurog. 1939. 1 hour 52 minutes. In English with Spanish subtitles.

This screening is part of the “Reawaken Wonder at a Timeless Movie Palace” campaign to bring cinema-quality audio to the Palace to match the new DCP projector donated by Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda. Learn more at