"Sundays at the Palace with Lin Manuel-Miranda" Will Include "West Side Story," "Manhattan" and "King Kong"

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28 Jan 2014

The United Palace of Cultural Arts, the Washington Heights movie theatre, will feature a series of films presented by Tony-winning actor and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda.



The theatre, which was originally called the Loew's 175th Street Theatre when it opened in 1930, has not screened films in more than 40 years. The "Sunday at the Palace" series follows the fundraising campaign "Return Film to the Palace," which raised close to $50,000.

A monthly screening of classic New York City films, chosen by Miranda, will play through June. Miranda will host the screenings, joined by special guests.

The series kicked off Jan. 12 with "The Muppets Take Manhattan," and will continue with "West Side Story" Feb. 23, "Manhattan" March 23, "King Kong" April 27, "The Warriors" May 18 and "Ghostbusters" June 22.

Guests wearing tuxedos or gowns will receive a free bag of popcorn.

"The United Palace Theater is the best-kept secret in New York," Miranda is quoted on UnitedPalace.org as saying. "We have this GORGEOUS, ornate theater in the heart of Washington Heights, the land I love. So I picked six movies that also embody and define the secret New York in our hearts."

Miranda penned and starred in the musical In the Heights, which received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as Best Orchestrations and Choreography. He contributed translations for the 2009 revival of West Side Story and wrote music and lyrics for Bring It On: The Musical. Miranda also collaborated with Tom Kitt on the opening song for the 67th Annual Tony Awards.

Visit unitedpalace.org/upca for more information.