Grand Central Terminal Becomes a Free Movie Theater Next Week

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For one day only, Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal is set to turn into a free movie cinema next week. “Grand Central Cinema,” is a one-day film festival with screenings, talks, and Q&As. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Rooftop Films and The Museum of the Moving Image are welcoming new yorkers to a one-day film festival in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. All the films on show have one thing in common, they feature scenes in Grand Central Terminal. “Grand Central Cinema” may just be the first of many such events, where Vanderbilt Hall is converted into a movie theatre.

The action kicks of next Thursday, October 19 from 7 am to 10 pm. There you’ll enjoy cinema classics including a full screening of the 1959 Hitchcock classic, North by North West.

Here’s a rundown of Grand Central Cinema’s one-day festival:

7:00 AM – 5:30 PM – GRAND CENTRAL FILM MONTAGE

A Montage featuring classic film scenes shot in Grand Central throughout history.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – A Q & A WITH MEREDITH CONTI, THE GRAND CENTRAL FILM COORDINATOR

While you’re watching the Grand Central film montage, Metro-North Railroad’s Meredith Conti will be available to answer questions about past, present, and future Grand Central film projects!

12:30 PM – 1:00PM –  GRAND CENTRAL FILM HISTORY TALK

An illustrated talk by the co-writer of the PBS series New York: A Documentary Film, author of the landmark book, Celluloid Skyline, and acclaimed Architect James Sanders. Sanders will present a special illustrated talk on Grand Central’s role in American film history. Followed by Q & A.

6 PM – 10 PM  – SCREENING OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Introduced by Museum of the Moving Image Chief Curator David Schwartz, watch North by Northwest featuring Cary Grant’s classic Grand Central getaway scene.

Sadly RSVP tickets for the North by Northwest screening have already sold out but you can still join the waitlist HERE just in case people who reserved don’t show up.

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