First U.S. Beatles Concert To Be Shown On Big Screen

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Two days after their historic performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles performed their first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum. Cheap seats went for $2, with the better ones commanding $4. Over 8,000 fans packed into the venue by the time the band took the stage to perform “Roll Over Beethoven.”

Concerts were banned at the facility after a riot broke out during a performance by The Temptations a few years later, and today, the Coliseum is gone, replaced by an indoor parking lot.

Footage of the entire concert was recently found. You’ll be able to see every song in The Beatles: The Lost Concert. The film is set to premiere in New York City at the Ziegfeld Theater May 4, and will be screened at over 400 theaters nationwide May 17 and May 22.

Beatles historian and host of “Breakfast With The Beatles” on Boston’s WZLX, ChaChi Loprete has seen the footage, saying “The early stages of Beatlemania are evident in every frame. Generations will view it, analyze it, comment on it and all will reach the conclusion that a moment like this will never be repeated.”

Among those interviewed in “The Lost Concert” are Chuck Berry, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, The Strokes, and fans who were actually there that night February 11, 1964.

Classic rock author and WZLX host Carter Alan says this is an important piece of music history: “The first Beatles tour was just a short promotional visit of days, so this is a snapshot as valuable as Elvis’s ’68 ‘black leather’ comeback special or James Brown at the Apollo.”

The official trailer was just released. Take a look!

Story by Geno Knight, Q105 Tampa


The Lost Concert will be airing in the following Southern California locations:

FONTANA 8, 16741 VALLEY BLVD., FONTANA, California 92335

THE GROVE, 189 THE GROVE DR SUITE L80, LOS ANGELES, California 90030

UNIVERSITY VILLAGE CINEMAS 10, 1201 A UNIVERSITY AVE, RIVERSIDE, California 92507

JANSS MARKETPLACE 9, 255 N. MOORPARK RD., THOUSAND OAKS, California 91360

FOOTHILL CINEMA 10, 854 EAST ALOSTA, AZUSA, California 91702

REGENCY RANCHO NIGUEL, 25471 RANCHO NIGUEL RD, LAGUNA NIGUEL, California 92677

REGENCY PERRIS 10, 1688 NORTH PERRIS BLVD., PERRIS, California 92571

CULVER STADIUM, 9500 CULVER BLVD, CULVER CITY, California 90232

CINEMA CITY 13 THEATRES, 5635 E. LA PALMA AVE, ANAHEIM HILLS, California 92807

REGENCY AGOURA HILLS 8, 29045 AGOURA HILLS RD., AGOURA HILLS, California 91301

GRANADA HILLS 9, 16830 DEVONSHIRE ST., GRANADA HILLS, California 91344

DOS LAGOS STADIUM 15, THE PROMENADE SHOPS @DOS LAGOS, CORONA, California 92883

FRANCISCAN PLAZA 4, 26762 VERDUGO STREET, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California 92375

TRIANGLE SQUARE CINEMA 8, 1870 HARBOR BLVS #B220, COSTA MESA, California 92627

PLANT 16, 7876 VAN NUYS BLVD., VAN NUYS, California 91402

TOWER PLAZA 10, 27531 YNEZ ROAD, TEMECULA, California 92591

HAZARD CENTER 7, 7510 HAZARD CENTER DR., SAN DIEGO, California 92108

MISSION MARKETPLACE 13, 431 COLLEGE BLVD., OCEANSIDE, California 92056

CAL OAKS 17, 41090 CALIFORNIA OAKS RD, MURRIETA, California 92562

APPLE VALLEY PLAZA 14, 22311 BEAR VALLEY ROAD, APPLE VALLEY, California 92308

PACIFIC GLENDALE 18, 322 AMERICANA WAY, GLENDALE, California 91210

THOUSAND OAKS 14, 166 W. HILLCREST DRIVE, THOUSAND OAKS, California 91360

GARDEN WALK 14, 321 W. KATELLA, ANAHEIM, California 92802

CHINO HILLS 18, 3070 CHINO AVE, CHINO HILLS, California 91709

CARMEL MOUNTAIN, 11620 CARMEL MOUNTAIN RD., SAN DIEGO, California 92128

Baldwin Hills, 4020 Marlton Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90008

RAVE 18, 6081 CENTER DRIVE, LOS ANGELES, California 90045

REGENT THEATRE, 1045 BROXTON AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, California 90024

Cinema Palme D’Or, 72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert, California 92260

GASLAMP, 701 FIFTH AVE., SAN DIEGO, California 92101

TOWN SQUARE, 4665 CLAIREMONT DR., SAN DIEGO, California 92117

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