Holiday classic to unspool at Academy

Nov 19, 2008 by Ian Evans

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will being showing a newly restored print of the Oscar®-winning Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street on Thursday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 35mm print to be screened is from the collection of the Academy Film Archive, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox, and is presented as part of the Academy’s Gold Standard screening series.

The 1947 film was written and directed by George Seaton and stars Maureen O’Hara as the cynical Macy’s executive whose equally skeptical eight-year-old daughter (Natalie Wood) is intrigued by the store’s seasonal Santa Claus, who may or may not be the real thing.

Miracle on 34th Street won Academy Awards® for Actor in a Supporting Role (Edmund Gwenn), Writing — Motion Picture Story (Valentine Davies) and Writing — Screenplay (Seaton) and earned a nomination for Best Motion Picture (20th Century-Fox).

Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. All seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.