It’s a Wonderful Life

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Photograph: Courtesy United Palace of Cultural Arts
United Palace of Cultural Arts
There’s no shortage of classic holiday film screenings this time of year, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a setting like the former Loew’s 175th Street Theater. The 1930s Art Deco building (where episodes of Smash were filmed) is home to the United Palace of Cultural Arts; tonight the nonprofit organization screens 1947 feel-good flick It’s a Wonderful Life and encourages patrons to get gussied up for the occasion. Twirl through the gilded Grand Foyer in a suit or gown while carolers serenade and lead moviegoers in a sing-along; the film will be introduced by Mary Owen, whose mother, Donna Reed, played Mary “I will love you till the day you die” Hatch Bailey. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to local kids and you’ll get $5 knocked off the price of your ticket.
Event phone: 212-568-5260
Event website: http://unitedpalacearts.org
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