Daily Screenings from the Paley Archive

Wednesdays to Sundays, 12:00 to 6:00 pm
The Paley Museum, 25 W 52 Street, NYC
Experience the magic of community as you watch compelling programming on our impressive big screens! Our daily screenings foster an intimate atmosphere that brings television to life, expertly curated from our vast collection spanning a century of television and radio, chosen just for you. No matter what is showing, The Paley Museum offers an unforgettable experience for TV enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
When your favorite television shows aren’t showing on the big screen, the Paley Archive grants you unlimited access to our extensive programming catalog. Immerse yourself in television history with just a few clicks and enjoy your favorite shows and iconic moments in our intimate library space.
Current screening schedules for our theaters are listed below.
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Celebrating Juneteenth 

June 19 to 23, 2024
Bennack Theater
The Paley Center for Media is proud to celebrate Juneteenth, the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States with a curated screening schedule of exemplary programs from the Paley Archive, underlining the range and depth of the African American experience on television. From Black-ish’s illuminating celebration of Juneteenth, to the nostalgic episodes of the popular animated series Boondocks, there are multiple genres represented with these selections. You can also learn about the impact of the groundbreaking series Roots, as well as hear some of our acclaimed musicians singing about liberation in the ABC News Special: Soul of a Nation Present Sound of Freedom—A Juneteenth Celebration.

12:10 pm, 2:45 pm, 5:20 pm
Black-ish: “Juneteenth”  
In this landmark episode, the Johnsons go to a school play about Columbus Day. Dre is taken aback by the historical limitations of the play. At Dre’s office, a profound conversation takes place, educating viewers through animation and a musically staged re-telling about June 19, 1865. Anyone watching will experience a much deeper understanding of Juneteenth, a nearly 160-year tradition, celebrating the end of racial enslavement in America. (2017; ABC)

12:40 pm, 3:15 pm  
Boondocks: “The Return of the King”
This episode presupposes an alternate history in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did not die from the assassination attempt on his life in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968, but instead fell into a coma and awoke in October in the year 2000. Viewers witness Dr. King handle the struggles of a new century. (2006; Cartoon Network) 

1:05 pm, 3:40 pm  
Roots: “One Year Later”
A special program documenting the impact of the immensely popular Roots series based on the book by Alex Haley, a novel based on his own family history, going back to the era of slavery. The program traces Haley's visit to Gambia to research his family and looks at the screen test of LeVar Burton, a USC sophomore who played Kunta Kinte. Scenes from Roots are shown as is the reunion of the descendants of slaves and slave owners. (1978; ABC) 

2:05 pm, 4:40 pm  
Soul of a Nation Presents: Sound of Freedom: “A Juneteenth Celebration”
A very special live celebration in remembrance and appreciation of Juneteenth with incredible musical performances and insightful conversations presented by Ciara, Patti LaBelle, Jon Batiste, Marvin Sapp, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis. (2022; ABC)

Daily Screenings from the Paley Archive

The Paley Museum Celebrates Independence Day

June 26 to July 7, 2024
Bennack Theater
The Paley Museum is pleased to present special television programming in celebration of the 248th birthday of the United States. Learn about the history of the founding of America with the Peanuts gang and School House Rock crew, and sing along to musical performances at Ford’s Theatre and the U.S. Capitol, complete with a fireworks spectacular.

12:10 pm
This is America, Charlie Brown: “The Birth of the Constitution”
The Peanuts gang is transported to Independence Hall in Philadelphia to help work at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Linus dictates chores to the group and explains the importance of the Convention. He is in awe of George Washington and watches as the delegates argue over the roles of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislative branches of government. Charlie Brown lends Benjamin Franklin his kite, and later develops games similar to basketball and football. Finally, the delegates sign the Constitution, and Linus explains to the gang the importance of what they have witnessed. (1988)

12:35 pm
This is America, Charlie Brown: “The Smithsonian and the Presidency”
The Peanuts gang visits museums within the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., including the National Air and Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Natural History, and National Museum of American History. They visit a special exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the formation of the United States. Linus talks about Abraham Lincoln’s trip to Gettysburg to give his famous address, and he and Charlie Brown appear in the story. Later, they appear in Linus’s story about Yosemite Valley with Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir. Finally, the Peanuts gang finds themselves in Washington D.C. in 1933 for Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration. (1989)

1:00 pm
This is America, Charlie Brown: “The Music and Heroes of America”
Lucy, Schroeder, and the Peanuts gang perform musical selections as part of a school report on the music and heroes of America. They talk about “Oh Susanna,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and composers John Philip Sousa and Irving Berlin. Lucy reports on the accomplishments of Susan B. Anthony and the Seneca Falls Convention, as well as Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and W.E.B. DuBois. Finally, they incorporate a film strip with historical footage of jazz composers George Gershwin, Fats Waller, and Duke Ellington before concluding with a discussion on President Dwight Eisenhower, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Vietnam War. (1989)

1:25 pm
School House Rock: “ABC History Rock”
In this special episode of School House Rock, actress Cloris Leachman and a group of children introduce nine short programs that focus on major historic events in United States history. Such topics set to lively songs include the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, important inventions in American history, the “Great American Melting Pot,” and the classic favorite song, “I’m Just a Bill.” (1987)

2:00 pm
ABC Independence Day Concert
This ABC Independence Day concert from Great Woods Performing Arts Center outside Boston features performances and appearances by Eagles, Duran Duran, Carly Simon, Tom Jones, Blues Traveler, and more. This special celebration is hosted by David Hasselhoff and Gina Tognoni. (1995)

3:30 pm
American Celebration July 4th at Ford’s Theatre
This Independence Day special at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. features performances and appearances by Kelly Clarkson, Renée Fleming, George Lopez, General Colin Powell, Lionel Richie, Robin Roberts, Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix, Laura Michelle Kelly, Gavin Lee, Montego Glover, the United States Army Soldiers’ Chorus, and Bill Conti and the American Celebration Orchestra. The show is hosted by Modern Family star Ty Burrell. (2010)

4:30 pm
A Capitol Fourth
This annual Independence Day event, held on the lawn of the United States Capitol, features performances and appearances by acapella group Pentatonix, Jimmy Buffett and the Broadway cast of the musical Escape to Margaritaville, the Beach Boys, Luke Combs, Renée Fleming, Lauren Alaina, the Temptations, Andy Grammer, composer John Williams, Chita Rivera, CeCe Winans, Kyla Jade, violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Jack Everly, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music, the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery, the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard, all concluded by a spectacular fireworks display. The event is hosted by television star John Stamos. (2018)

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