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50 Years in the making. The mysteries of a New York World's Fair Pavilion, told by the people who lived it. Architecture in peril.
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Breaking News! World Premiere

Posted by Matthew Silva (Creator)

Queens, NY (March 16, 2015) - AquaRela Pictures, is excited to announce the release of the much anticipated documentary Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion, which will premiere at the Queens Theatre In the Park of Friday, May 22nd, 2015. Modern Ruin tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60s concert venue and 70s roller rink, including the years of neglect as well as the recent advocacy efforts to save and repurpose the structure. Mainspring Pictures Ltd Presents, an Aquarela Pictures Production, in association with People for the Pavilion “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion”. Written, directed, and edited by Matthew Silva. Executive producers, Jake Gorst and Tracey Rennie Gorst. 

WHAT: World Premiere of "Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion". A documentary about the New York State Pavilion 

WHO: Directed by Matthew Silva, Executive Producers Jake Gorst & Tracey Rennie Gorst 

WHEN: Friday, May 22nd, Cocktail hour 7 pm to 8, Screening from 8 to 9:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time) 

WHERE: Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368 Map: 

DETAILS & TICKETS: Info about the Film: 


General Admission: $15 

Queens Theatre (QT) is the premier performing arts venue in Queens. QT’s mission is to provide quality and diverse performing arts activities that are economically and geographically accessible to the 2.2 million residents of Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, and the surrounding metropolitan region. To foster greater cultural awareness and appreciation, the Theatre presents and produces programs that reflect this diversity and features international, national and local artists.


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      Daria and Jim Haines on

      I ran to the box office and bought our tickets as soon as Matt posted an announcement of the preview in Facebook! Can't wait!

    2. Andy The Sane on

      Great news, congratulations Matthew.

      Any news on when those of us who backed the digital download will be able to download the film please?

      (I'd love to come to your premiere, but it's a long way from the UK)