Saturday, September 3, 2016

Watch the World Premiere of Mary Poppins (1964)

By Keith Mahne

The world premiere of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins took place on a warm summer night in August of 1964 at the world famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The glamorous premiere was broadcast live on local Los Angeles television along with a separate live radio broadcast of all the opening night festivities. The complete recordings for these two broadcasts are not known to exist. However, a variety of film and sound elements from that special night were recently discovered in Disney vaults spanning two continents. The surviving film clips you are about to see are a mix of color and black and white. For the first time, the recordings have been cut together and matched as close as possible to recreate the excitement of that gala premiere. Let's return to the summer of 1964 and join in on the excitement of Walt Disney's most incredible film as we visit the world premiere of Mary Poppins...

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday.