Hamilton Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda attended a special screening of the 1964 Disney film musical Mary Poppins October 16 at the United Palace of Cultural Arts, a cinema in his home neighborhood of Washington Heights in Manhattan.
Miranda wrote about the neighborhood in the 2008 musical In the Heights and donated $100,000 for the cinema's new projection system, which debuted that night with the Mary Poppins screening. Miranda is headed for London later this year to begin shooting a sequel to the film, Mary Poppins Returns, in which he will co-star with Emily Blunt. The new film is scheduled to premiere December 25, 2018.
He made his entrance singing “Chim-Chim-Cheree” from the 1964 film and reminisced about the cinema before introducing the screening.
Watch video of Miranda speaking (and singing) at the event (Miranda enters at the 5:09 mark):
Miranda also helped the theatre kick off a larger fundraising campaign, Reawaken Wonder at a Timeless Movie Palace, designed to raise an additional $300,000 to upgrade the United Palace audio system and complete the rebirth of the movie theatre that originally opened in 1930 as the Loew’s 175th Street Theatre. In addition to the Mary Poppins event, there will be a series of activities at the United Palace during the fall and winter, as well as an Indiegogo crowd-sourcing effort to engage the community and complete the campaign.
Miranda released a statement saying, “There is no other theatre like United Palace in New York City, or around the world, really. This theatre is special. It’s breathtaking. You don’t just come to sit and watch a movie here; you are transported. The full movie-going experience always leaves me mesmerized. As a Northern Manhattan native, local resident, and film lover, I am proud to continue to help revitalize this timeless movie palace.”
For more information on the cinema, visit www.unitedpalacearts.org.
(Updated October 17, 2016.)