There's never been any doubt that Buffalo is in love with "The Natural" and here's another example: Tickets for the Turner Classic Movies special presentation of the locally made film were gone within 15 minutes.
Free tickets were being made available to the public starting at 9 a.m. today for the event, being held at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). It includes a visit by TCM's prime-time host Ben Mankiewicz and the film's director, Barry Levinson.
Buffalo won the chance to host the event through TCM's inaugural "Bring TCM to Your Hometown" contest held by its fan club, TCM Backlot. Through an essay and video, Buffalo beat out 124 other cities in the competition, edging out finalists in St. Louis, Tucson, Ariz. and Tillamook, Ore.
More information about TCM Backlot is available at tcmbacklot.com.
Additional details and guests will be announced for the event at the historic North Park, a grand movie house opened in 1920 by theater magnate Michael Shea.
In 2013, building owner Tom Eoannou partnered with Left Bank Restaurant and Mes Que owner Mike Christiano to assume operational control of the North Park. They promptly began an eight-month restoration that included work on the theater's original marquee and the proscenium and the auditorium ceiling’s center dome, which contain Raphael Beck’s six large murals.