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Fort Lee Film Commission screens Women Of Fox Festival

Theda Bara
Theda Bara Photo Credit: Wikipedia

FORT LEE, N.J. -- A film festival commemorating 100 years since Fox Studios was founded in town will be screened by the Fort Lee Film Commission at the United Palace of Cultural Arts just across the George Washington Bridge in Washington Heights.

Sponsored by the Fort Lee Business District Alliance, “The Women of Fox Film Festival" will celebrate famous actresses who worked for Fox Studio, founded by William Fox in 1915, with five films through the end of the year.

All shows include pre-show entertainment, Q&A sessions, raffle prizes, special guests and other surprises.

It all begins Sept. 20 with “A Fool There Was,” made in 1915 and starring the woman considered the silver screen's first sex symbol, Theda Bara.

Also shown that night will be the 1934 Shirley Temple film “Bright Eyes.”

The festival’s Oct. 11 feature will be “Down Argentine Way” starring Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda.

“The Seven Year Itch,” starring Marilyn Monroe, will be shown Dec. 6, followed by “Miracle on 34th Street” on Dec. 20 with 8-year old Natalie Wood.

Discount tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for children are on sale at www.unitedpalace.org/upca . Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

With 1,800 seats in the orchestra, The United Palace -- at 4140 Broadway and 175th Street -- offers great views. Seating is first come, first served.

For the December 20 screening of “Miracle on 34th Street,” all guests dressed in tuxedos or gowns will get in free.

Doors open at 4 p.m., pre-show entertainment begins at 5 p.m., and movies start at 5:30 p.m..

The Sept. 20 double feature starts with “Bright Eyes” at 5:30 p.m. followed by “A Fool There Was” at 7:15 p.m..

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