The United Palace of Cultural Arts will host its annual fundraising movie gala, celebrating the theatre’s history and recent reawakening, with a screening of the movie musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang November 19.
The gala will support United Palace’s Movies at the Palace, an ongoing series bringing back the grandeur of attending the movies.
Attendees will have the option to attend a Q&A with Tony winner Chita Rivera. A replica of the iconic flying car from the film will also be on display, and the pre-show portion of the event will close with a performance by the Broadway Performing Arts Center to honor the Broadway version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The afternoon will begin at 2 PM with a VIP reception, including a chance to be photographed with the car replica, followed by a 3 PM meet and greet with Rivera. Doors open for all other ticket levels at 3 PM.
The 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, features music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Songs include "Truly Scrumptious," "Toot Sweets," "Hushabye Mountain," and the Oscar-nominated title number. A Broadway version opened in 2005.
Formerly known as the Loew’s 175th Street Theatre, the United Palace is located at 4140 Broadway at 175th Street in Washington Heights. Originally opened in 1930 as one of the metro area’s five Wonder Theaters, the theatre continues its storied history by hosting special events, including concerts, film screenings, church services, and more.
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