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. More recently, 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 Vouge magazine, and Life magazine ran ten pages of ballroom dancing in the various ballroom spaces. Performing artists like Foxy Brown, Eve w/ the Ruff Ryderz, Cyndi Lauper and Anthrax have all filmed stunning and fantastic music videos at the hall. The staff at the Grand Prospect Hall is highly experienced in arranging the location shoots and provides hands-on-attention to service. Let us take the worry out of the production and provide a unique, convenient, and beautiful location for still photography, commercials or extensive film shoots. We can also provide storage space, talent and extras. Scout us for more information.
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