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United Palace Offers Free Film Admission to Dressed Up Moviegoers

By Nigel Chiwaya | November 7, 2013 1:44pm
 The United Palace is screening the 1942 classic, "Casablanca."
The United Palace is screening the 1942 classic, "Casablanca."
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United Palace of Cultural Arts

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — The United Palace of Cultural Arts is holding a special screening of Casablanca on Nov. 17, and it's offering free admission to patrons who are willing to show their love for the film.

Patrons who dress up in either tuxedos or gowns will get free admission to the 6 p.m. screening of the 1942 Humphrey Bogart classic, which will otherwise cost $15 at the door.

The screening is a thank-you by the UPCA to the donors who helped fund its efforts to bring films back to the 83-year-old theater. In May, the United Palace successfully raised $40,000 through Indiegogo to clean the building's 50-foot silver screen and buy movie projectors. "Casablanca" was chosen by the donors, and those who gave $100 or more will also receive free entry to the screening.

In addition, UPCA program director Mike Fitelson said that a life-sized Bogart cutout will be on hand for dressed up-patrons to take photographs with. The cutout will then be raffled off to an audience member at the end of the evening.

For those without access to the proper threads, tickets can be purchased for $10 online. For more information visit www.unitedpalacearts.org.