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Come enjoy the American Magic-Lantern Theater in New York. (Image courtesy of Museum of the City of New York)
Come enjoy the American Magic-Lantern Theater in New York. (Image courtesy of Museum of the City of New York)

Travel back to the time of Jacob Riis with American Magic-Lantern Theater in New York on Sunday, December 6, 2015


November 20, 2015

A Victorian Christmas Magic-Lantern Show with the American Magic-Lantern Theater will be presented Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York.

Travel back to the time of Jacob Riis with an authentic 1890s magic-lantern show! Before the movies, magic lantern shows entertained audiences with projected color images, stories, live music, and audience participation. Riis himself was a famous lecturer who traveled far and wide with his box of lantern slides.

Celebrate this holiday season with a magic lantern performance that features Hans Christian Andersen’s famous Christmas story, “The Little Match Girl,” and holiday carols like “O Holy Night.”  The American Magic-Lantern Theater, directed by Terry Borton, is the only professional traveling theater company of its kind in the United States, and uses original antique projection equipment.  For kids and adults ages 6-106.

The American Magic-Lantern Theater will be presented Sunday, December 6, at 3 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. It is FREE for Museum members; $12 adult; $7 for children.

For more information, visit http://www.mcny.org/event/victorian-christmas-magic-lantern-show

Public programming for Jacob A. Riis: New York’s Other Half Revealed is made possible by the Danish Agency for Culture and the Consulate General of Denmark in New York. This event is co-sponsored by the American Society of Media Photographers New York Chapter, NYC SALT, the Danish Seaman’s Church, the School of Visual Arts, the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc., and United Neighborhood Houses (UNH), including the Jacob A. Riis Settlement House.

About the Museum of the City of New York: Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Visit http://www.mcny.org to learn more.

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