Grand Central becomes a cinema on Thursday

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Grand Central Terminal
Mitch Goldman
NEW YORK CITY — Railroad movie buffs, or at least, people who like watching movies that feature trains and train stations, will be kicking themselves if they can't visit New York's Grand Central Terminal on Thursday.

That's the day New York-based non-profit Rooftop Films rents out Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall for a showing of North by Northwest, according to

The 1959 Alfred Hitchcock-directed film features Grand Central Terminal and New York Central's 20th Century Limited with actors such as Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason providing supporting roles.

Although the event's 6 to 10 p.m. pre-registration is already sold out, there is a waiting list available online through EventBrite.

Metro-North railroad's film coordinator will be on hand at 11:30 a.m. answering questions about filming and Grand Central earlier in the day. An architect and historian will be available at 12:30 p.m. to speak about film and the station's history. Outside those programmed times, visitors to the terminal can watch montages of movies recorded at the station throughout the years.
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