Disney Studio to open its gates to public for film premiere
In connection with the premiere of its animated film, “The Princess and the Frog,” the Disney Studio will invite the public in from November 25-Dec. 13 to see the film at newly renovated theater on-site. The premiere will also be held simultaneously at the Ziegfield Theatre in New York.
In celebration of Disney`s newest animated musical “The Princess and The Frog,” Walt Disney Studios is opening its Burbank gates to the public for a once-in-a-lifetime advance special engagement, welcoming Disney fans to experience its newest animated musical comedy Nov. 25-Dec. 13, 2009. The advance special engagement will also be featured in Clearview’s historic Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. Following the film, fans on both coasts will also be treated to The Ultimate Disney Experience, an exciting extravaganza that will feature-for the first time ever-all nine of the Disney princesses (including the film’s Princess Tiana, Disney’s newest princess), as well as exciting Bayou games, movie archives, how-to presentations from Disney animators, Studio tours (for L.A. guests) and more. Tickets went on sale at midnight last night.
Read more in at Reuters.
Will this be screened in the 600 seat Disney Theatre, a ‘private screening theatre’ that was designed in around 1939-41 on the Burbank lot, by noted theatre architect S. Charles Lee? According to Maggie Valentine’s book on S. Charles Lee, the theatre was still in operation on the studio lot in 1994.
It’s not clear if that theater will be the site based on the information; the press release says, “Walt built the original theater on the Studio lot back in 1940; it opened just in time for special audiences to view his `Fantasia.‘ [the film will be shown in] a newly renovated, state-of-the-art theater…” which sort of implies that it will be shown in that theater though updated. However at the online site for ordering tickets:
it indicates (near the bottom) that the showing will be in a brand new state-of-the art theater.
The post-premiere event, included in the ticket price, will be at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC and on Soundstage 3 at Disney Studios in Burbank.
There’s a conceptual sketch by S. Charles Lee of the theater he was commissioned to design for the Disney lot at this site (scroll down to see it) :
Anyone know of it is close to what was actually built?
Sounds like a pretty cool movie. However, I’ll probably end up waiting until it comes to our area, before seeing it.