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Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 4:30 pm

Did you know that in 1964 Steven Spielberg screened his first film Firelight from the Phoenix Theatre stage?

Imagine the date is March 24, 1964. A searchlight crosses the Phoenix sky, a limo pulls up to Phoenix Little Theatre, and out walks an Arcadia High School junior also known as Steven Spielberg. The crowd is buzzing with anticipation for Firelight, his new science fiction film in which aliens invade a small town. The film's production costs were under $600, but Spielberg hoped to make a profit by charging the crowd 75 cents a ticket. Little did this Phoenix Theatre crowd know that they were about to take part in history as one of the greatest directors of all time began his career as the lights went down.

Celebrate 90 years of history with Phoenix Theatre, and stay tuned for more fun facts. Phoenix Theatre is located at 100 E. McDowell Road, just east of the Phoenix Art Museum at Central and McDowell.

For more information, visit www.phoenixtheatre.com.


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