New York, NY
September 14, 2016
Gala world premiere on August 1st, 1944
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Personally produced by 20th-Fox’s studio chief, the Technicolor biography of America’s 28th President was modestly described as the most important motion picture event in 50 years. Due to the film’s running time of 154 minutes, the Roxy’s stage show was trimmed to a patriotic tribute by Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians.
Nearly a year later, “Wilson” returned to the Roxy on July 25th, 1945, this time at “regular prices” and with a more conventional stage bill headed by Dick Haymes, Helen Forrest, and comedian Joe Besser. In the interim, “Wilson” did a move-over to the Victoria Theatre on Broadway, and then played selected neighborhood houses, all at advanced prices.