Beloved classic to be screened all day Nov. 20
Turner Classic Movies and Macy's are once again bringing Christmas to New York City's Herald Square with an entire day of screenings of the beloved holiday classic "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947). The movie will be screened for fans outside Macy's Herald Square beginning at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, and will run throughout the day, with the final presentation scheduled for 8 p.m.
TCM host Robert Osborne and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade executive producer Amy Kule will be on hand to introduce the 6:15 p.m. screening and to deliver a special holiday greeting on behalf of TCM and Macy's.
"We can't wait to celebrate our second year of 'Miracle on 34th Street' screenings with Macy's in Herald Square," said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of Turner Classic Movies. "This very special event combines one of the most cherished Christmas movies of all time with the magic of New York City during the holidays. At TCM, it's our mission to share the greatest movies of all time with new audiences, and this is a treat for the whole family."
"We're delighted to welcome everyone once again to Macy's Herald Square, the very place where 'Miracle on 34th Street' made generations believe," said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer, Macy's. "It's a timeless classic that has forever enshrined this legendary store as a truly iconic destination to a worldwide audience. We look forward to spreading holiday cheer to movie-lovers of all ages."
"Miracle on 34th Street" stars Edmund Gwenn in an Oscar-winning performance as Kris Kringle, a kindly, bearded gentleman who takes the reigns of Santa's sleigh at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Maureen O'Hara is Doris Walker, the supervisor who decides to hire Kringle as Macy's in-store Santa. John Payne plays Fred Gailey, Doris' handsome neighbor who agrees to take Kris in as a roommate. And Natalie Wood is Susan, Doris' perpetually skeptical daughter whose world is upended when it appears Kris Kringle might be the real Santa Claus.
"Miracle on 34th Street" helped make the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade an American institution. Begun in 1924, the parade remained a primarily local tradition little known outside of New York. With its on-location opening scenes, however, "Miracle on 34th Street" brought the parade into the national consciousness. National television coverage of the parade began in 1947, the same year of the film's release, and has remained a part of American popular culture ever since.
While in New York, fans can also book a ride on the TCM Classic Film Tour. The three-hour sightseeing bus tour launched last year in partnership with On Location Tours, one of the world's largest TV and movie tour companies. The tour runs at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and takes movie fans to some of the city's greatest filming locations, including the Empire State Building ("King Kong"); Zabar's market ("Manhattan," "You've Got Mail"); Holly Golightly's brownstone ("Breakfast at Tiffany's"); the famed subway grate that blew Marilyn Monroe's skirt ("The Seven-Year Itch"); Grand Central Terminal ("North by Northwest," "Superman"); and, of course, Central Park. In addition to seeing the real locations, visitors get to see clips of the sites from the movies.
Fans can find more information about the TCM Classic Film Sightseeing Bus Tour and book reservations online at www.tcm.com/tours. For additional questions, fans can email [email protected]. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.