Lemon Andersen, Lin-Manuel Miranda Set for NYC Screening of THE WARRIORS Tonight
The 1979 cult classic "The Warriors", with an introductory performance by acclaimed poet Lemon Andersen., is the next screening in the "Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda" series that features classic New York City films every month. It's set for tonight, May 18, 2014. Doors open at 4:00pm. Stage show begins at 5:00pm. Screening at 5:30pm.
It will take place at The United Palace, 4140 Broadway at 175th Street in Washington Heights, a historic movie palace that opened in 1930 with well-preserved Art Deco and Oriental architecture. The theatre is one block east of the 175th Street A-train station. Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door. On sale at www.unitedpalacearts.org.
Tony Award-winning poet and actor Lemon Andersen (RUSSELL SIMMONS DEF POETRY JAM ON BROADWAY, INSIDE MAN) will set the tone for the gritty NYC classic with a performance piece during a stage show created by Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer/writer Lin-Manuel Miranda (IN THE HEIGHTS, HAMILTON).
In 2013, the nonprofit arts and cultural center United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) led a crowdsourcing campaign to "Return Film to the Palace" that raised nearly $50,000 in 40 days to start showing movies at the historic United Palace for the first time since 1969.
The "Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda" series was conceived after the 5-year anniversary concert of IN THE HEIGHTS nearly sold out the Palace in 2013. Miranda met with UPCA Executive Director Mike Fitelson to discuss future plans and said his dream was to present iconic New York films in his community, where the last movie theatre closed in 2011. Each screening is preceded by music, performance, and guest speakers that connect the audience more deeply to the movie.
Since January the series has included THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN, WEST SIDE STORY, GHOSTBUSTERS, and KING KONG. Miranda's guests have included actor/producer Lonny Price; stage, screen, and TV star Rita Moreno; actor David Margulies, who played Mayor Lenny in GHOSTBUSTERS, and legendary filmmaker John Landis. The series has been a hit with audiences from both Washington Heights and the New York metro area, attracting as many as 1,200 guests to a single screening.
This will be the second movie shown on the Palace's new Harkness screen, purchased after a recent Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign raised over $20,000. Over 50 feet by 24 feet, the screen is the second largest in single-screen movie houses in Manhattan, after the one at Radio City Music Hall.
THE WARRIORS was released on February 9, 1979 when the city was still wrestling with a host of urban ills. The story follows the plight of the street gang Warriors after they are falsely accused of killing a rival leader. They must fight their way home to Coney Island while avoiding the rest of the city's gangs which are trying to kill them.