Can't Show a Movie Without a Screen

As some of you may know, I've been a delighted supporter of the campaign to bring movies back to the United Palace, an astonishing 1930 movie theater up in Washington Heights, my neighborhood. We've succeeded in restoring film to the arts agenda in this unique venue and the next program on tap is a real NYC-set classic, the 1933 King Kong*, but the experience of seeing a film in this deco-and-Indian-and-Moorish phantasmagoria would be even more splendid if the theater's screen were replaced. Right now, we're looking at a 50-foot screen, which is pretty impressive, but the damned thing is an antique and desperately needs to be replaced.

If you'd like to pitch in, go here and make a donation. A gem like the United Palace needs a perfect setting.

* King Kong will be screening free on Sunday, April 27 at the United Palace (175th St. and Broadway, Manhattan); doors open at 4 p.m., live stage show at 5, screening at 5:30. Guests include Lin-Manuel Miranda, the author of the Tony- and Grammy-winning musical In The Heights, and John Landis, the director of Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, and Trading Places.