Watch Your Favorite Shows on the Big Screen!

Saturdays and Sundays in New York and Los Angeles
12:15 to 4:00 pm local time •
FREE Admission

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Weekend Screenings from the Paley Archive on the Big Screen in NY & LA offer great family entertainment, PLUS programming selected by our Members and screened for the public. You haven't really experienced TV until you've seen it on a movie-size screen with fellow fans.

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The Paley Center presents a fabulous afternoon of fun-filled, family-friendly fare.
Members can reserve seats by emailing in NY: or in LA: at least 24 hours in advance.


Toons at Noon: Summer Days Drifting Away

Saturdays from 12:15 to 4:00 pm
June 3, 10, 24
Please note: The Family Screenings on Saturday, June 17 in NY & LA will be:
Transformers Through the Years: A Super-Saturday Family Screening Celebration!

Tell you more? The dog days are just beginning, so hop on over to the Paley Center’s huge-screened air-conditioned theater to enjoy these summer-themed favorites for the whole family! We’re saving seats.

12:15 to 2:00 pm • Suggested Ages 6 to 9

It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
Rugrats: “Vacation”
Catdog: “Showdown at Hole 18”/”Sneezie Dog”
Johnny Bravo: “Endless Bummer”

2:00 to 4:00 pm • Suggested Ages 9 to 12

Spongebob Squarepants: “Help Wanted”/
   "Reef Blower”/”Tea at the Tree Dome”
Sabrina the Teenage Witch:
   "The Good, the Bad, and the Luau”
Full House: “Tanner Island”
Boy Meets World: “Graduation”


Toons at Noon: Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue

Saturdays from 12:15 to 4:00 pm
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Time to grill some patties and get the sparklers ready. Join us every Saturday in July to celebrate baseball, hotdogs, and the land of the free and home of the brave.

12:15 to 2:00 pm • Suggested Ages 6 to 9

School House Rock: “ABC History Rock”
This Is America, Charlie Brown:
    “The Birth of the Constitution”
Animaniacs: “The Flame/Wakko’s America/
    Davy Omelette, Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago”
Rugrats: “Beauty Contest/Baseball”

2:00 to 4:00 pm • Suggested Ages 9 to 12

Clarissa Explains It All: “Total TV”
The Brady Bunch: “Vote For Brady”
Fresh Off the Boat: “Family Business Trip”
Hey Arnold!: “Veteran’s Day”

Upcoming Screenings in August



A Lena Horne Centennial
Sundays, June 18 & 25 
12:15 to 4:00 pm

A pioneering talent, a highly vocal activist against racial injustice, and one of the great singers of the twentieth century, Lena Horne was a class act; a one-of-a-kind performer. Despite her early, rocky career in Hollywood films, which mostly limited her participation in musicals because of her race, Horne persevered and continued to be hailed for her vocal prowess. She ultimately found a comfortable place as a frequent and very welcomed guest star on various television variety programs over the decades. That medium allowed her to do what she did best, tackle a song and enthrall audiences with her vibrant, unique vocal stylings. The Paley Center pays tribute to Lena on the centennial of her birth (June 30) with highlights of some of her most exciting musical performances on television.

12:15 pm
Horne Aplenty!                     
This compilation features Lena Horne singing up a storm on such variety shows as Colgate Comedy Hour (1951), The Milton Berle Show (1962), and Bell Telephone Hour (1965); sharing the stage with such other performers as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Vic Damone, and Peggy Lee; and popping up on What’s My Line? (1953) and Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1968). There are also some Lena commercials and fragments of her very groovy, late 60s special, Monsanto Night: Lena (1969). (113 minutes)

2:09 pm
Sanford and Son: "A Visit from Lena Horne" (1973)
Having drifted off from the NBC Studios tour, Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) finds himself face-to-face with his show business idol, Lena Horne. Fred fabricates a sob story in hopes that he can get the great lady to actually stop by his home, and thereby impress his friends. (25 minutes)

2:35 pm
Tony and Lena (1973)
Having paired off successfully in a Burt Bacharach special five years earlier, Tony Bennett and Lena Horne are reteamed for a full hour of non-stop music, performed on a single set, minus any of the scripted chit chat often associated with variety specials. Lena chimes in on such songs as “The Look of Love,” “Watch What Happens,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Mood Indigo,” and “Bein’ Green,” while she and Tony come together for a medley of Harold Arlen tunes, including Ms. Horne’s signature number, “Stormy Weather,” this time interpreted by Mr. Bennett. This special was taped in London. (52 minutes)

3:28 pm
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music (1983)
Lena’s 1981 triumphant one-woman Broadway show brought her unprecedented raves, a Tony Award and a whole new appreciation of her talents. Showtime captured this special event on tape, as Horne tells the story of her life through anecdotes and songs, including “I’m Glad There is You,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” and “If You Believe.” (135 minutes)


New York State of Mind
Sundays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
12:15 to 4:00 pm

Power is power. And Power is the fourth-year Starz crime drama pivoting on nightclub impresario/drug overlord James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), which the Paley Center will explore on July 12 with a public screening and panel. Exec produced by 50 Cent, Power is filmed on the streets on New York, which got us thinking: What other shows have been shot in New York? Which explains these screenings...

12:15 pm
30 Rock: "Tracy Does Conan" (2006)
When life gives you lemons, call Dr. Spaceman. In this episode, Liz (Tina Fey) struggles to satisfy her mercurial boss (Alec Baldwin) and prepares to dump her deadbeat boyfriend, all while attempting to placate a hallucinating Tracy (Tracy Morgan) before his impromptu appearance on late night TV. Does she succeed? Well, that’s another question. (21 minutes)

12:36 pm
Bored to Death: "Super Ray Is Mortal!" (2010)
A young writer trying to make his way in New York City? Shouldn’t be too hard. This HBO gem stars Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames, a struggling novelist who moonlights as a private investigator (think Brooklyn hipster meets Nancy Drew). The series also features Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson. (26 minutes)

1:02 pm
Flight of the Conchords: "Yoko" (2007)
Meet Jemaine Clemaine and Bret McClegnie, two former shepherds who ditched New Zealand and moved to the Big Apple to pursue their dreams as the folk duo the Flight of the Conchords. The awkward pair does everything together, from eating to singing to even going on dates. Here, Jemaine helps Bret compose a song about having a threesome in the kitchen with his girlfriend. How charming. (26 minutes)

1:28 pm
Lucky Louie (2006)
Louis CK’s first pilot, for HBO, destroys the boundaries and norms of the traditional three-camera sitcom with the raunchiest of dialogue and frank discussions of race, sex, and parenthood. Conversations between Archie Bunker and Meathead are replaced with the awkward encounters of Louie and his neighbor over the discarding of a black Barbie doll (“See, here’s the white Barbie, we threw both away!”) and Louie’s brother-in-law giving his four-year-old niece a gun for her birthday, even if it is just a model. Though short lived, Lucky Louie influenced the comedian’s future sitcom for FX that propelled CK into stardom, as well as his stand-up performances. (32 minutes)

2:00 pm
Late Night with David Letterman Highlights (Various)
We miss you, Dave. Crass, brash, and zany only begin to describe the antics and interviews of the fabled Late Night with David Letterman. Guests of all backgrounds sat next to Letterman as he joked and jabbed to a clamoring baby boomer audience. This selection of highlights includes his famous interviews with Madonna and Cher, plus a chat with Jay Leno (who beat him out for The Tonight Show twenty-five years ago) and the uproarious “brawl” between Andy Kaufman and wrestler Jerry Lawler. (67 minutes)

3:07 pm
Saturday Night Live (1978)
SNL has been satirizing politics and culture for an amazing forty-two years, and incubated a boatload of TV and film stars, not to mention one U.S. senator. Here we go back to almost the beginning, with highlights from the program featuring Steve Martin’s fifth appearance as guest host, including such sketches as the Blues Brothers, King Tut, and Two Wild and Crazy Guys. New York sketch comedy at its finest. (44 minutes)

3:51 pm
Law & Order: "Everybody’s Favorite Bagman" [Original Pilot] (1990)
So before Law & Order the series (yes, there was such a time) there was Law & Order the pilot, which isn’t all that different except that it features Roy Thinnes as D.A. Alfred Wentworth, who never appeared again—as Wentworth, that is; Thinnes made two guest appearances as other characters, but went on to star in NBC’s Dark Shadows revival instead. Tough luck, Roy. (47 minutes)

4:38 pm
New York Undercover: "The Finals" (1995)
Remember when Ice-T played bad guys? Meet Danny Cort, vicious drug lord out to exact revenge against Detective J.C. Williams (Malik Yoba), as depicted in this episode of the underrated Dick Wolf/Kevin Arkadie cop drama, which also guest-stars Edie Falco, Al Green, and Naomi Campbell, and ends with a bang. (45 minutes)


TV Noir: Let There Be Dark
Saturday, August 5; Sundays, August 6, 13, 20, 27, September 3 
12:15 to 5:00 pm


What do YOU want to see on the big screen?

The Paley Center is now offering all Members the opportunity to program our giant-screen theater. You tell us what to screen (provided it is included in our collection of 160,000 programs—we’re sure you’ll find something you like!) and all you have to do is invite your friends, family, officemates, band members, and more to join the fun! You can even request that one of our Curators (aka Television Experts) be available to take questions from the audience.

Members Choice Screenings are open to the public, so swing by and discover hidden treasures!

How do you choose?


Need ideas? Here are some of the awesome programs in the Paley Archive. Let these spark your imagination!
• David Bowie screenings
• Nickelodeon classics (Pete & Pete, Clarissa, Hey Arnold)
• MTV classics (The very 1st hour of programming, Unplugged, Daria)
• Classic Disney animation (Man in Space, Adventures in Fantasy)
• Classic Doctor Who episodes
• Jim Henson on TV (The Muppet Show, The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show)
• Comedy Cult Classics (Get a Life, SCTV, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Your Show of Shows)

Important Details
• Members Choice Screenings are on Sundays only.
• Current Paley Members can request programming from the Paley Archive to be shown in the theater.
• Requests must be submitted in writing by emailing
• Requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Please give us your top three choices for Sunday screening dates.
• Please make sure we have the program you are requesting first by searching the Paley Archive catalog.
• Not all dates are available; some Sundays may not be available for screenings.
Feeling left out? If you are not a Member, you can JOIN NOW and submit your screening request. But remember, you must be a Member to program a screening.