By Ruthie Fierberg
When Lin-Manuel Miranda drove up to the United Palace Theatre for the second installment of his new monthly film series “Sunday Movies at the Palace With Lin-Manuel Miranda,” he had Rita Moreno in tow. They were billed for a Q&A preceding the showing of the iconic “West Side Story.” “We drove up and she asked, ‘Is anybody gonna show up?’ And [then] she saw that line around the block…and gasped.”
One thousand five hundred and eighty anybodies showed up.
Miranda first discovered the Palace two years ago in preparation for the five-year reunion concert of his Tony-winning musical “In the Heights.” “I’d seen that building for years and never been inside,” he told Backstage of the United Palace Theatre on West 175th Street and Broadway. “It really is such an incredible theater, and the fact that the outside is so unassuming, you’d never guess that it was in such great shape and so glorious inside.” It was the space itself that inspired Miranda’s endeavor.
The next installment of “Sunday Movies at the Palace With Lin-Manuel Miranda” will feature a screening of “Ghostbusters” on March 23rd. Visit unitedpalace.org/events.
The video below on the history of the United Palace comes to us courtesy of Channel Thirteen.