There was a chill in the New York City air, but the hearts of classic film fans were toasty warm when Robert Osborne introduced an open-air screening of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET outside Macy’s Herald Square tonight.
The beloved TCM host – the only white-haired man more popular than Santa himself – was joined by Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a full house of fans seated in comfy couches before a giant LED screen. And yes, Virginia, the 1947 film was presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio, and nobody seemed confused by the black bars on the left and right of the screen.
Over the course of the day, TCM screened the Christmas classic seven times, with thousands of New Yorkers taking a break from their work day to enjoy an iconic movie and a free cookie, courtesy of Macy’s. (TCM Tour guide Sarah Lilley told me that she handed out 3,000 cookies to fans in five hours. Who knows how many pre-Holiday diets she single-handedly ruined.)
This was the second year TCM and Macy’s partnered for these screenings, and it looks like it won’t be the last.
“This has become our annual tradition,” Kule said to Osborne before tonight’s screening. “And I’m so pleased that you’re here.”