Dangling Crane in NYC Disrupts Oscar Screenings at DGA Theatre

Crane New York City Hurricane Sandy - P 2012
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Crane New York City Hurricane Sandy - P 2012

At least two studios have been forced to cancel screenings of awards contenders at New York's DGA Theatre, which is located directly beneath a crane that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Among those impacted: Fox Searchlight, which had planned to screen its big contender Hitchcock -- which is premiering tonight at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles -- at the venue tomorrow. Paramount/DreamWorks Animation has also been forced to cancel a screening of Madagascar 3 that was scheduled to take place there on Saturday.

The dangling crane, a fixture of wall-to-wall cable news coverage of Sandy on Monday, has forced the evacuation of homes and businesses below it. 

Many studios and independent distributors screen movies and hold Q&As at the theater, located at 110 West 57th Street. The crane is hanging from atop One57, at 157 West 57th Street, which will become New York's tallest residential building.