David Geffen Hall unveiled

New York's Lincoln Center pays tribute to producer.

by Anne-Katrin Titze

 David Geffen Hall
David Geffen Hall Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

With George Lucas, Steve Martin and Oprah Winfrey on the plaza at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall was renamed David Geffen Hall the day before the start of the 53rd New York Film Festival.

David Geffen is the producer of Neil Jordan's Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles with a screenplay by Anne Rice, starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Stephen Rea, Christian Slater and Thandie Newton, and Frank Oz's Little Shop Of Horrors with Bill Murray, John Candy, Christopher Guest, James Belushi, Rick Moranis and Steve Martin.

David Geffen Hall ceremony
David Geffen Hall ceremony Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The co-founder of DreamWorks SKG (Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen) and the executive producer of Robert Towne's Personal Best, starring Mariel Hemingway, made a gift of 100 million dollars towards the renovation of the building that recently hosted the honoring of Barbra Streisand, Rob Reiner and Catherine Deneuve with Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award Galas and past New York Film Festival Galas.

Steven Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies, written by Matt Charman, Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Mark Rylance, Billy Magnussen and Eve Hewson (Bono and Ali's daughter), will have its World Premiere on October 4 during the New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall.

On a beautiful early autumn afternoon, the president of Lincoln Center, Jed Bernstein proclaimed "David Geffen Hall is now open."

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