TIME: 8:45 pm
LOCATION: 6316 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, California - Carthay Circle Theatre
ADULT TICKET PRICE: $5.50
ATTENDANCE: 1500+ inside (sold out); well over a thousand outside
EVENT: World Premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
EXTRAORDINARY FACT: It's eighty years later and we're still talking about it!
Image via Snow White...An Art in Its Making 1994, p.137.
This 1937 Carthay Circle program book belonged to Madeleine Wheeler, the executive secretary for Roy O. Disney for over 34 years. She attended the screening that night and kept this amongst her personal possessions for the rest of her life. (See another example in an earlier Archive entry.)
Program images courtesy of Kevin Hicks.
News from the event made headlines near and wide. December 24, 1937 newspaper clippings: Decatur Herald and The Capitol Journal, both published three days after the premiere.
Video posted online by The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Happy 80th Snow White! If you missed it, see our detailed coverage of the Carthay Circle world premiere in our Archive entry from five years ago.