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.
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 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. Just take a look at our client list and
letters. We can also provide storage space, talent, and extras. Scout
us out for more information.