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By On This Day in NYC's History

BILLY CRYSTAL

On March 14, 1948: Actor Billy Crystal was born on the Upper East Side. He is known for his role on the ABC sitcom Soap, and appeared in When Harry Met Sally…(1989)City Slickers (1991), and Analyze This (1999). He also hosted the Academy Awards nine times beginning in 1990 and most recently in 2012.

84th Annual Academy Awards  Billy Crystal

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CONVERSATIONS WITH MY FATHER

On March 14, 1993: The Broadway play Conversations with My Father closed at the Royale Theater (now the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater) after 462 performances. It was directed by Daniel Sullivan and starred Judd Hirsh, Tony Shalhoub, and David Margulies. The play won one Tony Award (of its 3 nominations) and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Bernard B. Jacobs Theater NYC

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TRANS-LUX

On March 14, 1931: The first Trans-Lux theater built for rear movie projection opened on Madison Avenue and 58th Street. The rear projection system created a glow bright enough for patrons to read and eliminated the need for ushers. Two years later, the Trans-Lux proved to be so popular that it was replaced by a larger theater.

Private Screening Rear Projection

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