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Black Swan

with talk back by Lin-Manuel Miranda
and Darren Aronofsky

Monday, April 24, 2023
Doors: 6:00pm, Show: 7:00pm
United Palace
4140 Broadway, New York, NY 10033

Ordering Closed

Monday, April 24, 2023  

6:00 PM: Doors Open - 7:00 PM: Film Screening - 8:50 PM: Talk back 

FREE ADMISSION with online ticket available at 9am Monday, April 17, 2023 

The 2010 psychological roller coaster BLACK SWAN kicks off the return of MOVIES AT THE UNITED PALACE on April 24, the first of the season's six films set in New York City and selected by the United Palace’s good friend, patron, and neighbor, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Immediately following the screening, attendees will be treated to a special conversation between Miranda and Darren Aronofsky, who directed BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER, and, most recently, THE WHALE, which featured Brendan Fraser’s Oscar-winning best actor performance. 

Miranda has been involved in MOVIES AT THE UNITED PALACE since 2013 when he helped the theatre’s fund-raising campaign to purchase a new projector, screen, and surround sound system to return movies to the theatre after a 40-year hiatus. His guests in 2022 included Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Hugh Jackman, and Danai Gurira. Last year about 15,000 people attended these showings in the heart of Washington Heights. (Watch a short video.) 

Tickets to BLACK SWAN are free to the public and will be available at 9am Monday, April 17, 2023. 

BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman in an Oscar-winning role for her portrayal of a ballerina preparing for the lead role in Tchaikovsky's “Swan Lake.” Her commitment to the role, and rivalry with a younger dancer, cause her to lose her tenuous grip on reality.  

The Oscar-nominated film also stars Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder. The screenplay was written by Mark Heyman, John McLaughlin, and Andres Heinz, based on a story by Heinz. The movie is 1 hour, 48 minutes and will be screened on DCP. 

The annual movie series has confirmed the following titles will be shown this year, with dates and special guests to be announced in advance of each screening. 

Additional film titles will be added to the lineup for this year, with more information to be announced soon.

Movies at the United Palace is sponsored by the Miranda Family Fund with support from New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  

Darren Aronofsky: Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was born and raised in Brooklyn. Aronofsky heads Protozoa Pictures based in Chinatown NYC. His credits include π, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE FOUNTAIN, THE WRESTLER, BLACK SWAN, NOAH, mother! and THE WHALE. As a producer he is responsible for JACKIE, ONE STRANGE ROCK, SOME KIND OF HEAVEN, PACIFIED, CATCH THE FAIR ONE, WELCOME TO EARTH, THE GOOD NURSE, KINDRED, LIMITLESS WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH, and THE TERRITORY. He released a middle school book MONSTER CLUB last fall, the sequel is coming out in 2024. 

United Palace: The history of the United Palace begins in 1930 when it opened as one of five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres,” premiere vaudeville and movie houses located in four boroughs and New Jersey. The outrageously ornate architecture was designed by noted architect Thomas Lamb (Cort Theater, the former Ziegfeld Theatre) and decorative specialist Harold Rambusch (Waldorf Astoria, Radio City Music Hall).  Noted architecture critic David Dunlap described the ornate interior as “Byzantine-Romanesque-Indo-Hindu-Sino-Moorish-Persian-Eclectic-Rococo-Deco.”  With nearly 3,400 seats the United Palace is Manhattan’s 4th largest theatre. It hosts concerts (Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Bad Bunny, Wilco), TV and film shoots ("Only Murders in the Building”, “John Wick 3”), movie premieres (“Halftime,” “In the Heights,” “High Strung - Free Dance”), and other corporate and community events. The in-house selection of state-of-the-art technology updates the 1930 opulence for 21st century audiences.  

Miranda Family Fund: For over 40 years, the Miranda Family has championed community activism. They have created and supported institutions that have served both underserved populations in Upper Manhattan and communities throughout New York City, across the country, and in Puerto Rico. Luis A. Miranda, Jr. and Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda are proud parents to Luz Miranda-Crespo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Miguel Towns. Now as adults, Luz and Lin-Manuel are married to Luis Crespo and Vanessa Nadal, respectively, with children of their own. They continue to foster the family’s commitment to advocacy for education, the arts, and social justice - along with a sustained focus on relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria. 

NewYork-Presbyterian: NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic healthcare systems, encompassing 10 hospitals across the Greater New York area, nearly 200 primary and specialty care clinics and medical groups, and an array of telemedicine services. A leader in medical education, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is the only academic medical center in the nation affiliated with two world-class medical schools, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. This collaboration means patients have access to the country’s leading physicians, the full range of medical specialties, latest innovations in care, and research that is developing cures and saving lives. Founded 250 years ago, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has a long legacy of medical breakthroughs and innovation, from the invention of the Pap test to pioneering the groundbreaking heart valve replacement procedure called TAVR. NewYork-Presbyterian’s 48,000 employees and affiliated physicians are dedicated to providing the highest quality, most compassionate care to New Yorkers and patients from across the country and around the world. For more information, visit www.nyp.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.