Exclusive Behind The Scenes moment: I called cut. And nobody cut. This happened a lot. And it’s when I knew we were capturing something greater than ourselves. The time has come. #InTheHeightsMovie in THEATERS and @hbomax NOW pic.twitter.com/clMMxjNPoO— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) June 10, 2021
“Washington Heights. Say it, so it doesn’t disappear.”
Thus begins the spell. You have just been entranced and about to embark on a raucous, polyrhythmic journey that you will repeat ad infinitum.
While the film adaption of the paradigm-shifting musical was supposed to have been released last year it could not have come out at a better time. In The Heights is the movie that the whole world desperately needs right now. It is the panacea for the pandemic. A piping hot bowl of sancocho for the soul.
In The Heights to the rescue. Who would have thought that what humanity needed most after one of the most traumatic periods in human history was a little Washington Heights.
I’m going to put my brujo hat on and make some predictions.
First of all, you will watch this film over and over and over again.
Secondly, this is the movie of the summer. Scratch that, the movie of the year.
Lastly, this is the new “Grease.” A film that will capture the hearts, souls and imaginations of several generations of folks. This film will etch itself into your life. You will remember and sing these songs forever. In the words of that great ATL bard, Andre 3000, “forever ever.”
By Gregg McQueen
Located at the corner of 181st Street and Broadway, the Coliseum Theatre stood for 100 years before being demolished last year.
Opened in 1920, the venue featured an ornate interior with a large marquee and initially presented a mixture of motion pictures and vaudeville shows.
In its heyday, the site hosted performances by Milton Berle, W.C. Fields, Bob Hope and the Marx Brothers.
For several decades after that, it screened movies to local residents at a discounted price.
“The theater wasn’t just a part of uptown history, it was a part of New York City history,” said filmmaker and Washington Heights resident Anthony Rojas. “It represented an era when the grand vaudeville theaters were popular in the city. Then it ended up as one of the last places uptown where you could see a movie.”
The theater closed for good in October 2011 and sat vacant until it was torn down last year to make way for a commercial development.
Rojas is currently working on a short documentary film titled The Last Movie Theater in Washington Heights, which pays tribute to the Coliseum.
An early edit of the short film features local community members reminiscing about the theater, amid a dreamlike presentation that displays tickets from past screenings and historic photos of the venue.
Check out our very own Led Black talking with the good folks at NALEO about the upcoming NYC elections and #RankedChoiceVoting. Tune in live today, Friday, June 11 at 6PM on our insta live.
Listen to the creators and stars of In the Heights talk about a crucial part of this story: the neighborhood of Washington Heights. Come for the music, the summertime vibes, and the street art; stay for the heartwarming community that inspired #InTheHeights.
Trivia is a contact sport. With that said hit up Fort Washington Public House (3938 Broadway) every Tuesday for the coolest Trivia Night Uptown. Don’t forget to order something from their expansive and wonderful menu. From the apps menu, you have to try the Kickin’ Shrimp 🍤… Thank us later!
THE MOTH MAINSTAGE
Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30 – 7:30 PM EDT
The Moth is teaming up with The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance for a Washington Heights edition of The Moth Mainstage. Join us virtually for an evening of storytelling featuring true tales told live from the historic United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights in celebration of the Uptown Arts Stroll. Five storytellers including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Edgar Ruiz Jr. will bare their souls with the words of their life streamed live to your living room.
Hosted by comedy writer, producer and Moth storyteller CJ Hunt.
Directed by: Catherine Burns, Jenifer Hixson, Sarah Austin Jenness, and Jodi Powell
Producer: Patricia Ureña
Assistant Producer: Chloe Salmon
Executive Producer: Sarah Haberman
EDT – 7:15 PM OPEN | 7:30 PM START
By Gregg McQueen
It is estimated that nearly 300 people were killed and over 1,200 homes were destroyed in what is now known as the Tulsa Race Massacre.
On May 31 and June 1, 1921, white mobs attacked Black residents in Tulsa’s Greenwood district, a thriving business hub frequently referred to as “the Black Wall Street,” while burning homes and stores.
The event, which occurred in Oklahoma a century ago, left hundreds dead and thousands homeless.
Elected officials from New York City have announced that they will introduce resolutions at the federal and local levels to officially recognize June 1 as “Black Wall Street Day.”
At a press conference on Tues., Jun. 1st, Rep. Ritchie Torres said he will introduce a Congressional resolution to officially name June 1 as Black Wall Street Day.
“The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the worst acts of racial violence and domestic terrorism in the history of the United States,” Torres said.
City Councilmember Vanessa Gibson said she would propose a similar resolution within the New York City Council.
Read more: Black Wall Street Day | Bronx Free Press