It's hard to believe that it hasn't even been a year since we first launched the Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign to "Return Film to the Palace," which resulted in the purchase of projectors and the first regular film series programmed at the Palace since 1969.
Now our supporters have come through again, this time raising over $24,000 to replace the screen that has been in place since the 1960s. We were able to secretly install it before showing "King Kong" on April 27. During the pre-show entertainment, we surprised the audience with a drum roll from UPCA founder Xavier Eikerenkoetter and the UPCA Youth Drum Ensemble as Froy Perez of Toshiba USA opened the curtains, unveiling the spanking white new Harkness screen. (And yes, Lin-Manuel Miranda, our Master of Ceremonies, donned a gorilla suit to meet guests coming to the show and help out the cause.)
As part of their perks for donating, the over 225 contributors got to vote for their choice of classic New York City movies for July. They chose "Guys and Dolls," which trounced "When Harry Met Sally" 27 to 12, with "Coming to America" and "Escape from New York" close behind.
The resurgent film program at the Palace has been a dream come true for hundreds of New Yorkers, both from Washington Heights and all over the city. There is more we need to do to continue upgrading the Palace, making sure the 1930s theatre fills the needs of 21st century audiences. Thank you for your ongoing support in helping us get there.
Hope to see you at the movies.
(For photos of the screen replacement visit: http://www.unitedpalace.org/photos-video?id=561794543935685.)