Prospect Hall's ties to the entertainment
industry go back to its very beginnings. In addition to the many stars
who have performed here (Enrico Caruso, Sophie Tucker, Mae West, Sonja
Henie, Fred Astaire), the Hall was also home to a movie company. In
1908, when the industry was in its infancy, owner John Kolle's son
Herman opened The Crescent Motion Picture Company. Movies were actually
produced on location and shown in the open-air garden.
However, the company was closed when
competitor Thomas Edison threatened legal action. The hall was a set
for Frances Ford Coppola's Cotton Club; John Huston's Prizzi's Honor,
and Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums. Imagine Gregory Hines
tap-dancing along the birds-eye maple parquet floors and grand marble
staircase, or Jack Nicholson eyeing Angelica Huston and dancing with
Kathleen Turner in the ballroom wedding scene. Gene Hackman and Gwyneth
Paltrow dined together on ice cream by the doors to the Grand Ballroom.
American Express filmed one of its classic commercials with bridal
couturier Vera Wang. Fashionista photographer Steven Meisel shot a
lavish masquerade ball for the cover and a dozen spreads in Vogue
magazine, and Life magazine ran ten pages of ballroom dancing in the
various ballroom spaces.
Performing artists like Foxy Brown, Eve with the Ruff Ryders, Cyndi
Lauper and Anthrax have all filmed stunning and fantastic music videos
at the hall. The staff at Grand Prospect Hall is highly experienced in
arranging location shoots and provides hands-on attention and service.
Let us take the worry out of production and provide a unique,
convenient, and beautiful location for still photography, commercials
or extensive film shoots.
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