Lost Horizon at The Palace

resize.jpg Searching for Utopia (aren't we all)? Albany's Palace Theater is screening Lost Horizon, Frank Capra's classic film about the search for Utopia in the Himalayas. Made in 1937, there are some not-so-subtle references to capitalism v. communism in this story of plane crash survivors who wander into Shangri-La. It earned Capra a Best Director nomination, even though he famously burned an early copy of the film. Seven minutes of missing audio were found and the film was restored using the audio and still photos. The Palace is showing the restored version.

Think a $5 movie is as close to utopia as you can get? Well, $20 gets you the movie and dinner at the Victory Cafe.
Shangri-La? Maybe not. Cheap fun? Absolutely.

Find It

The Palace Theater
19 Clinton Aveune
Albany , ny 12207

Tonight at 7
$5, $3 for kids


I saw the Wizard of Oz at the Palace and was blown away by the amount of AV problems. As if the millions of question asked by little girls and the waves of grown men quoting each and every line wasn't enough, the audio completely cut out on several occasions. I wonder if this showing was as erroneous as the last.

I saw "Lost Horizon" last night at the Palace and there were no technical difficulties that I could detect. The film itself has some missing minutes because of poor quality archival footage and the restoration solved that problem (artfully, I thought) by having some stills of the actors on the screen while the dialogue continued. It allowed for continuity of the plot and wasn't all that distracting. This is the first film at the Palace I've attended and it was terrific to see this Frank Capra classic on a big screen. Glad I forked over the $5 instead of just picking up the DVD at the public library.

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