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Beatles Documentary Brings First US Concert to the Big Screen

By Mathew Katz | April 25, 2012 3:23pm

MIDTOWN — The Beatles are coming back to New York for one more concert — sort of.

A new documentary premiering at the Ziegfeld Theater next month will bring the landmark rock-n-roll band's first U.S. concert to the big screen, after nearly a half-century of the concert footage being lost to posterity.

"The Beatles: The Lost Concert," a 92-minute documentary, looks at the Fab Four's arrival in America in 1964. Featuring interviews with rock superstars like Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, along with the concert's original producers, the film charts the birth and impact of Beatlemania stateside.

The film includes the full footage of the Beatles' first-ever concert on American soil, at The Washington Coliseum in D.C. The 12-song, half-hour concert before an audience of 8092 screaming fans was broadcast a month later to movie theaters around the country, but has been lost ever since.

The concert happened two days before the band's groundbreaking Feb. 13, 1964 performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

The film's producer's have restored and re-mastered the originally tapes from the concert, making it the only complete Beatles concert available on video.

The doc will premiere with two showings at Midtown's Ziegfeld theater at 141 W. 54th St. on May 6. It will be shown at theaters across the country in a limited engagement on May 17 and 22.