One of NYC’s most famous movie stars is Grand Central Terminal, which has appeared in hundreds of films and TV shows. That stardom is being celebrated at GCT with a FREE one-day film festival with FREE snacks, and a FREE screening of Hitchcock’s iconic North by Northwest, starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint.
The first Grand Central Cinema event transforms the grand Vanderbilt Hall into a grand movie theater, with montages of films featuring GCT screening throughout the day, starting at 7am, panel discussions with filmmakers and film historians, and more. One-day only, Thursday, Oct. 19.
Here’s the schedule:
7am to 5:30pm – Grand Central Film Montage
- Playing continuously throughout the day, featuring classic film scenes shot in Grand Central throughout history.
11:30am to 12:30pm – Q&A with the Grand Central Film Coordinator.
- Meredith Conti from Metro-North Railroad will be in the alcove to answer questions about past, present, and future Grand Central film projects.
12:30pm to 1pm – Grand Central Film History Talk
- Architect James Sanders—co-writer with Ric Burns of the acclaimed eight-part PBS series New York: A Documentary Film, and author of the landmark book, Celluloid Skyline—presents a special illustrated talk on Grand Central in the movies. Featuring dozens of rare and unusual images from his collection, the presentation will trace the extraordinary role the Terminal has played in American film history. Followed by Q & A.
6pm to 10pm – Special 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 with Grand Central as your backdrop.
- The Rooftop Films screening of North by Northwest begins at 7:30 pm.
- A FREE ticket reservation is required for admission
- No outside food or drink will be permitted in the screening. GCT vendors including The Campbell Bar, Zaro’s Family Bakery, and Beer Table To Go will sell dinnertime food items and beverages for the screening.