PAST EVENT - Celebrate the return of film to the Palace with "Casablanca"

Sun., Nov. 17  6pm ceremony, 7pm movie
$10 online, $15 at the door
Free to people who contributed to the Return of Film campaign and anyone who wears a tuxedo or gown to the event!

Experience one of America's favorite movies like you have never seen it before as we celebrate the return of film to the United Palace with the audience choice screening of "Casablanca."

"Casablanca" was the third choice by contributors to the summer Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign that raised nearly $50K in 40 days to purchase a digital projection system and start programming films at the Palace on a regular basis for the first time in over 40 years. (The first two choices, "Star Wars" and "The Wizard of Oz," were not available for licensing.)

Beginning at 6pm there will be a ceremony commemorating the return of film to the Palace, including;

  • A reenactment of part of the inaugural program from 1930 when the building opened as the Loew's 175th Street Theatre
  • Screening a scene from the first movie that played at the Palace, "Their Own Desire" from 1929 with Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery
  • An introduction to "Casablanca" by Lou Lumenick Chief Film Critic, New York Post
  • The world premiere of the music video to the song "Bouger" by American rapper GPK that was filmed at the Palace and features a contemporary homage to "Casablanca"
  • Music and dancing from the 1940s
  • Raffle prizes including the opportunity to take home a life-size Bogie


 At 7pm, we'll screen "Casablanca" on the Palace's 50-foot silver screen with Spanish subtitles. For anyone who hasn't seen the 1942 classic with an All-Star cast led by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman before, the plot as described by Amazon is: "A jaded nightclub owner in war-torn Casablanca, whose loyalties are put to the test when his old flame, Ingrid Bergman, reappears to seek Rick's help in escaping from the Nazis." But that does not do justice what what is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies in cinematic history.

Free tickets for cotributors to the campaign to Return Film to the Palace and anyone wearing a tuxedo or gown will be available at the box office beginning at 5pm.

The United Palace is located at 4140 Broadway at W. 175th Street
It is 1-block from the 175th Street A-train station.
Parking garages on Broadway b/w 176th & 177th Streets.