Fort Lee Business District Alliance sponsors The Women of Fox Film Festival, celebrating the 100th anniversary of locally founded Fox Studios and the women who helped make it famous.

The Fort Lee Business District Alliance (BDA) is proud to sponsor The Women of Fox Film Festival, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Fox Studios and the actresses who brought it to fame.

The United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) and the Fort Lee Film Commission are partnering for the first time ever to present five movies over four dates through the end of this year at the United Palace, the former Loew’s 175th Street Theatre in Washington Heights.

“20th Century Fox is a household name,” said Stuart Koperweis, Executive Director of the BDA, “but people rarely ask how the studio came to be. It’s a compelling story, and not enough credit goes to the actresses who helped put Fox studios on the map.”

The BDA hopes to attract more visitors from across the Hudson while also promote Fort Lee’s vibrant film history.

“This is a story that has legs outside of Fort Lee and we think Manhattan is a great venue for this history,” said Tom Meyers, executive director of the Fort Lee Film Commission.

All showings include pre-show entertainment, Q&A discussions, raffle prizes, special guests and other surprises. Pre- and post-show entertainment are mainstays of UPCA programming—a nod to the Palace’s beginnings as both a deluxe movie theater and vaudeville house.

For each showing, doors open at 4pm, pre-show entertainment begins at 5pm and the movie starts at 5:30pm.

Discount tickets are on sale for $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and seniors. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and seniors. Seating is first come, first serve, but with 1,800 seats in the orchestra great seats are aplenty. For the December 20 screening of “Miracle on 34th Street” all guests dressed in tuxedos or gowns will get in for Free.

All titles will be screened on BluRay or DVD and will have Spanish subtitles (except for September 20th’s “A Fool There Was.”)

The festival begins Sunday, September 20th with a double feature, beginning with the 1934 Shirley Temple comedy drama film “Bright Eyes”, where she first sang her signature song “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” Opening night will also feature “A Fool There Was” (1915), starring Theda Bara, considered the first sex symbol of the silver screen. Opening night’s second feature begins at 7:15. Ben Model, a national leader in silent film accompaniment, will provide a live soundtrack to the movie on a theater organ.

The festival’s October 11 showing features “Down Argentine Way” (1943), starring Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda in her first Hollywood role.

The festival continues on December 6, celebrating arguably one of the most iconic screen actresses in cinematic history, Marilyn Monroe, in “The Seven Year Itch” (1955). The Women of Fox Film Festival concludes December 20 with 8-year-old Natalie Wood’s breakthrough performance in “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947).

“This festival could not find a better home than the United Palace to showcase the birth of a great American movie studio at one of the premiere picture palaces in America today,” remarked Meyers.

“This borough has a lot of history,” said Koperweis, “and it may not be known, even by some of our residents now, that the American film industry was born in Fort Lee. Fort Lee was in fact the motion picture capital of America. ”

Full Schedule and Tickets

  • Sun, Sep. 20 –  Shirley Temple in “Bright Eyes” (1934) and Theda Bara in “A Fool There Was” (1915) Details. Buy Tickets
  • Sun, Oct. 11 – Betty Grable & Carmen Miranda in “Down Argentine Way” (1940) Details. Buy Tickets.
  • Sun, Dec. 6 – Marilyn Monroe in “The Seven Year Itch” (1955) Details. Buy Tickets.
  • Sun, Dec. 20 – Natalie Wood in “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) Details. Buy Tickets.

About the Fort Lee Film Commission

The Commission was established in 2001 as a department of the Borough of Fort Lee, NJ. Its role is to preserve films made in Fort Lee; to promote Fort Lee as a location for current filmmakers; and to educate through film retrospectives about Fort Lee’s role as the first American film town and birthplace of American film industry.

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About the UPCA

UPCA uplifts, educates, and unites our Northern Manhattan community and beyond through cultural arts at the majestic United Palace, Manhattan’s fourth largest theatre. Whose mission is to provide:

  • cultural events from local, national, and international artists
  • arts education and mentoring for young people
  • space as a community resource

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