Chinatown Fair Arcade Doc Nabs Weeklong Residency at Metrograph Theater
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Chinatown Fair, August 2009
Get that sack of quarters ready…
Ten months after its premiere at the IFC Center, the indie film about the classic Chinatown Fair Arcade is coming home. To Chinatown, that is. The flick has a weeklong residency at the Metrograph theater on Ludlow Street, beginning tonight.
The Lost Arcade dabbles in “technostalgia,” and has been in the works since the 2011 closure of the Chinatown Fair. Before “manager” Henry Cen decamped for Brooklyn, and the arcade became a sanitized version of its former self. (Next Level just reopened in a new location, by the way.) While it may not be able to capture the stale, BO riddled air, the 79-minute documentary explores the origins of the arcade through the eyes of its inhabitants and owner Sam Palmer, and examines how it became a stalwart, hole-in-the-wall institution in an ever-gentrifying city.
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