Celebrate The World’s Fair In Forest Hills

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

The anniversaries of the two World’s Fairs may have taken place last month, but one Forest Hills theater is giving residents another chance to remember the historic festivals.

Two films highlighting the 1939 and 1964 World Fairs will be shown at the Midway Theater on Tuesday, June 10. The films intend to show people who were not at either fair what it was like or offer people who were there a chance to reminisce.

On June 10, the Midway Theater will screen two films about the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, which reached their 75th and 50th anniversaries this year.

On June 10, the Midway Theater will screen two films about the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, which reached their 75th and 50th anniversaries this year.

The first film, titled “World Fair: Picturing Tomorrow” is a short, 30-minute movie about the 1939 World’s Fair. That movie was produced by filmmaker Amanda Murray and won awards at two film festivals, the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston and the Best Documentary Short at the 2013 Sidewalk Film Festival in Alabama.

A film showcasing the 1964 World’s Fair, “Peace Through Understanding: The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair,” is next for attendees. That movie is titled after the fair’s theme, which was dedicated to celebrating achievements mankind had done up to that point, including exploring the future of human technology. It features several testimonials by people who were at the festival.

Stephen Melnick, the event’s organizer and a member of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, said he put together the showing because he wanted to somehow be involved in celebrating the anniversaries of the two fairs. The 75th and 50th anniversaries of the two festivals were celebrated last month during an event at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

A side benefit to the show, Melnick said, is to bring more people and awareness to old movie theaters like the Midway Theater. With other area theaters closing down, like the Brandon Cinemas that shut down in April, this event is a way to help neighborhood relics like Midway.

“This will definitely give them a boost,” he said.

Melnick urged people who plan on attending to get there early because seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.

The June 10 event will begin at 7 p.m. The Midway Theater is located at 108-22 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.

For more information, email the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce at fhchamber@aol.com or call them at (718) 268-6565.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.