April 15, 2011 -- Atlas Shrugged Part 1
comes to theaters today
, April 15! The long-awaited film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel will open in 300 theaters across the United States, thanks to a triumphant effort by The Strike Productions and the dynamic support of Atlas Shrugged
fans. The team surrounding the movie has spent the last few days at top speed, to satisfy a final sweep of demands from theaters. To see the list of theaters, go here.
This is not to say that Producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, along with their team, are not enjoying their moment. Atlas Shrugged Part 1 premiered twice this week.
On Tuesday, April 12, Aglialoro hosted the movie’s world premiere at Union Station in Washington D.C. The terminal’s airy, ivory ceilings and the low rumble of nearby trains created a perfect setting for the red-carpet event.
On Thursday, April 14, The Atlas Society hosted a premiere in New York City
. This event took place at The Millennium Broadway Hotel, in the Hudson Theater—a lavish venue near Times Square, with crystal chandeliers, crimson theater-chairs and gilded balconies. The evening featured remarks by David Kelley and TAS trustee Jay Lapeyre, followed by a brief panel with Atlas Shrugged Part 1
Screenwriter Brian O’Toole, Post-Production Producer John Orland, and actors Matthew Marsden (James Taggart), Graham Beckel (Ellis Wyatt), Michael Lerner (Wesley Mouch) and Navid Negahban (Dr. Stadler). The panel was followed by the heart of the event: the showing of Atlas Shrugged Part 1
. After the movie, the audience of TAS supporters and those involved with the movie enjoyed a reception to discuss and celebrate this landmark accomplishment in the Objectivist movement.
We at The Atlas Society would like to extend our congratulations to John Aglialoro and his team, as well as a sincere thank-you to our contributors and other fans of Atlas Shrugged, who have helped to bring these powerful ideas to a nationwide audience of movie-goers. We hope you are able to watch Atlas Shrugged Part 1 in theaters this weekend, to see the affirmation of a world where achievement is possible.