New Year’s Eve at The App Features Doubleheader Film Line-Up
Events include Disney’s “Enchanted” and “When Harry Met Sally…”
BOONE, NC – What better place to toast the New Year than in the heart of the High Country at
the historic Appalachian Theatre on King Street in downtown Boone? The venerable landmark
invites residents and visitors alike to join them in ringing in 2023, a year in which the App Theatre
will celebrate its own 85th Anniversary.
“New Year’s Eve at The App” is a series of celebratory events that includes the screening of
two popular films along with other revelries, beginning in the early evening of Saturday,
December 31 and concluding after midnight on Sunday, January 1.
The family portion of the evening’s festivities begins at 6 p.m. with Disney’s fantasy romantic
comedy “Enchanted,” the first time the critically acclaimed film has ever been screened at the
App Theatre. The $10 admission price includes the film, a post-movie Martinelli’s sparkling cider
toast in the Community Room, a photo booth, mock “ball-drop,” and party favors for all in
attendance. The film is rated PG and is 107 minutes in duration.
At 10 p.m., the classic romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally…” will mark its first return to
the App Theatre since its extended four-week run back in 1989. For $25 per person, revelers
will view the film before enjoying light appetizers, party favors, a photo booth, a live viewing of
the ball drop from Times Square in New York, and a champagne or Martinelli’s sparkling cider
toast at midnight.
Note that Films@TheApp are shown without movie previews or trailers, so please arrive a few
minutes before the scheduled start time to secure tickets and purchase concessions. Attendees
under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Named “Best Family Film” at the 2007 Critics’ Choice Awards, “Enchanted” was directed by
Kevin Lima, written by Bill Kelly, and stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden,
Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, and Susan Sarandon, with Julie Andrews as the
narrator. It focuses on an archetypal Disney princess-to-be exiled from her animated world into
the live-action world of New York City.
The film is both an homage to and a self-parody of Disney’s animated features, making
numerous references to past works through the combination of live-action filmmaking, traditional
animation, and computer-generated imagery. It also marks the return of traditional animation to
a Disney feature film after the company’s decision to move entirely to computer animation in
2004. Composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who had written songs for
previous Disney films, wrote and produced the songs of “Enchanted” and Menken also
composed the film’s score. The animated sequences were produced at James Baxter Animation
in Pasadena, while filming of the live-action segments took place around New York City.
“Enchanted” was critically well-received, established Adams as a leading lady, and earned
more than $340 million worldwide at the box office. It won three Saturn Awards, Best Fantasy
Film, Best Actress for Adams, and Best Music for Menken. “Enchanted” also received two
nominations at the 65th Golden Globe Awards and three Best Original Song nominations at the
80th Academy Awards. This is the first Walt Disney Pictures film to be distributed by Walt Disney
Studios Motion Pictures after Disney retired the Buena Vista brand from its distribution division.
A sequel, “Disenchanted,” was just released on Disney+ in November 2022.
“When Harry Met Sally…” is a 1989 romantic comedy-drama film written by Nora Ephron and
directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows
the title characters from the time they meet in Chicago just before sharing a cross-country drive,
through 12 years of chance encounters in New York City. The film addresses, but doesn’t
resolve, questions along the lines of “Can men and women ever just be friends?”
Ideas for the film began when Rob Reiner divorced from Penny Marshall. An interview Ephron
conducted with Reiner provided the basis for Harry. Sally was based on Ephron and some of
her friends. Crystal came on board and made his own contributions to the screenplay, making
Harry funnier. Ephron supplied the structure of the film with much of the dialogue based on the
real-life friendship between Reiner and Crystal. The soundtrack consists of standards from Harry
Connick, Jr., with a big band and orchestra arranged by Marc Shaiman. For his work on the
soundtrack, Connick won his first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance.
Columbia Pictures released “When Harry Met Sally…” in selected cities, letting word of mouth
generate interest, before gradually expanding distribution. The film grossed $92.8 million in
North America and was released to critical acclaim. Ephron received a British Academy Film
Award, an Oscar nomination, and a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for her
screenplay. The film is ranked 23rd on American Film Institute’s 100 Years… 100 Laughs list of
the top comedy films in American cinema and number 60 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies.”
The Baltimore Sun reported that, over the years, “When Harry Met Sally…” has become “the
quintessential contemporary feel-good relationship movie that somehow still rings true.” In 2022,
the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library
of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
“New Year’s Eve at The App” attendees should note that while the App Theatre’s online
ticketing system is accessible 24/7, customers can avoid the online service fees by visiting the
lobby box office between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday, or one hour prior to
showtime for each film. For a complete performance schedule of all upcoming events, or to sign
up for the theatre’s e-blast distribution list, visit the organization’s website at
Events, days, dates, times, performers, and prices are subject to change without notice.
About the Appalachian Theatre
The mission of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is to revitalize and sustain this historic community
touchstone as a quality home for diverse artists and audiences with a special focus on programs that celebrate our
distinctive Appalachian heritage and enhance our capacity to serve as an economic catalyst for Boone and the High
Country. Once a gorgeous 999-seat Art Deco movie house, the building closed in 2007 and sat empty and gutted
for years. On October 14, 2019, the Appalachian Theatre reopened its doors after a $10 million renovation that
brought the distinctive Art Deco details back to this historic theatre and created a new 629-seat, state-of-the-art,
acoustically pristine venue for live concerts, films, plays, and dance performances. The historic Appalachian Theatre
has entertained regional audiences in the heart of downtown Boone, NC since 1938. www.apptheatre.org