UPDATE: Billy Crystal Invites Long Beachers to Private Film Screening in Lynbrook

Star wants to bring laughter to hurricane victims from his hometown.

Billy Crystal Credit: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images
Billy Crystal Credit: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images
Update: Dec. 5, 12:45 p.m.

RSVP with your name and number of tickets (four tickets per family) to the following email: parentalguidancersvp@fox.com. This invitation is intended for Long Beach residents only. Shuttle buses will be provided to/from the theater from Long Beach. Shuttle bus and event details will be available upon RSVP.


Hoping to "lift the spirits" of residents in his hometown of Long Beach, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Billy Crystal is inviting them to a private screening of his new comedy film at the Lynbrook movie theater.

The Emmy and Tony-award-winning actor, known for his roles in "When Harry Met Sally" and "City Slickers," stars alongside Bette Midler in "Parental Guidance," which officially opens Christmas Day. However, Long Beachers can enjoy a special advanced screening of the comedy on Monday, Dec. 10, free popcorn and refreshments, and a chance to meet Crystal in person.

The flick will be showing on six screens at the United Artists Lynbrook Theatre 6 (321 Merrick Road), which has a capacity of 1,400, at staggered times throughout the day.

Crystal told Newsday [paid link] that he intends bus the Long Beach residents to the theatre and greet every one of them as they enter the cinema.

Not only does Crystal have fond memories of Long Beach, the boardwalk especially, from his past, but some of his family still live in the city by the sea. Opening up to Newsday, he stated:

         "It was just heartbreaking and you felt helpless, looking at it on TV ... You can mend buildings, but rebuilding people's confidence and their mood, and putting a smile on their face is what I do."

Story by Tara Conry.
Taurus December 06, 2012 at 08:41 AM
Agree, unnecessary...!!!
marcy December 06, 2012 at 09:25 AM
Yay Lynn!
Mark December 06, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Ken Toller, you are a jerk with a big mouth. You should keep it shut before someone shuts if for U!!!
azalea scally December 06, 2012 at 10:34 AM
i went to a film screening when I was 8 years old...I still remember...great experience....(im over 40)
Mark December 06, 2012 at 11:13 AM
I just emailed the website for the screening. The response was, "Due to the overwhelming respone, we are no longer able to accept RSVP's. I assume they are full.
Taurus December 06, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Mark-a piece of advice. This is a comment board-you don't have to like the comments, everyone is entitled to their opinion, like them or not-your response was inappropriate and threatening. I would suggest that you tone it down.
Elinor Shafranek December 06, 2012 at 02:46 PM
You guys don't even know him. I'm sure he is not doing
Elinor Shafranek December 06, 2012 at 02:47 PM
the free movie as advertisement! He doesn't need any!
Bruce Bernstein December 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Thank you, Billy.
Barbara McMahon December 06, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Thanks Billy ..you are a gem. Wish we could chat with you that day. My husband has great memories of you playing ball with him and his brothers at the Rec Center...many years ago. Jimmy says he was Rips friend. God bless.....we will catch the movie over the holidays, can't wait.
goatcheesepleez December 06, 2012 at 09:32 PM
The fact is that some of the people on Patch are just plain "haters." Most of us got clobbered by Sandy. I'm not happy about it, I can not afford the loses that my family has incurred but I am trying to have a good attitude. Billy Crystal does not need publicity.....@ the Lynbrook Theatre no less. Calling him a has been is just mean. The Patch haters should get a hobby because spewing hatred online keeps many people away from this online forum. To everyone "out there:" I hope your clean up is swift, wear a face mask, keep your spirits up and God Bless!
David Prophet December 06, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I didn't get tickets, but I hope those that did have a great time and lots of laughs. We could all use to laugh a bit, because most of us are very very tired. I was lucky enough to see Billy Crystal on Broadway doing his one man show several years ago, and if you saw that you know he has great fondness for Long Beach and many wonderful memories attached to our city. He did this out of kindness and compassion, not for publicity and there is no doubt about that. My suggestion for the good people posting here is to ignore all the negative posters. We have enough on our shoulders to carry around just to rebuild and recover. We don't need the extra baggage these negative people are trying give us.
Frankie G. December 06, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Billy's terrific. Always has been a good guy. Thank you, Billy.
lori December 07, 2012 at 07:49 AM
It's a wonderful gesture and has zilch to do with promoting the movie. So many of us need a good laugh , a night out and it's all compliments of Billy Crystal!! I already got my 3.
lori December 07, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Agreed David. Enough with the negativity. We all have the same story to tell. Some can deal better than most I see
elliot December 07, 2012 at 08:04 AM
Very surprised in him hometown boy..where was here last month,,,,.instead of promottttttting his own movie why not come to Long Beach To try & have it at the LB movie house that was destroyed & help the residents here in LONG BEACH...
Lamice Denton December 07, 2012 at 09:05 AM
I have tried twice to get tickets via the email. I get a response to try again at 10am tomorrow. One was in the evening & the second email was prior to 10am. I would like a ticket please.
goatcheesepleez December 07, 2012 at 09:08 AM
Very well put, David. We are all trying to stay afloat amidst a to-do list a mile long. To my fellow Long Beach residents: Keep your heads up because if you don't all you will see is sand,dirt, & mold! Wishing everyone out there better times ahead. New Yorkers are a tough bunch!! This was certainly a storm for the books....Good Luck to all & beware the rip-off artists...geez, the price we received for putting up sheet rock was comical!!
Hilary Topper December 07, 2012 at 09:36 AM
I guess I was too late... I got this... Thank you so much for your interest in the screening of Parental Guidance with Billy Crystal. Due to the overwhelming response, we are no longer able to accept RSVPs. We will, however, monitor this email account for those who have RSVP'd and require shuttle bus service. Happy Holidays!
Citzen//Taxpayer December 07, 2012 at 10:00 AM
I didn't get tickets either. I sent an email yesterday morning and they said check back at 10 so I did and it said no more tickets. Great, another disappointment for us.
Ocean Gypsy December 07, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Oh please, everyone....where was he a month ago? didn't hear a peep until now. If he was so concerned about his beloved city, he would have jumped of his promotional junket and get his arse to Long Beach and roll up his sleeves to help. Even Leonardo DiCaprio had a birthday party on 11/10 and donated 1,000.00 for every person who attended his party to Hurricane Sandy fund...total 50,000.00. I was always proud to know Billy came from Long Beach. That has changed. A night of comedy....he's only funny at the Oscars.
smb380 December 07, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I responded to the invitation and was advised that the RSVP was full and could not accept more requests.. Steve
elliot December 08, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Never got tickets complete ripp off ..
elliot December 08, 2012 at 12:09 AM
he should come to LB where it is all about...enough with his movie...
delete me December 08, 2012 at 01:40 PM
^elliot, you did not get a ticket(s) therefore it is a ripoffs? First, how can something like a FREE movie be considered a "rip-off" when there is no financial transaction? Would you be saying that if you did RSVP earlier and receive the amount of tickets you wanted?
Oceanview December 10, 2012 at 07:53 AM
I got an email over the weekend. They added another show due to overwhelming response (9pm show). My name has been added to the rsvp list with instructions on attending. Shame on those of you who criticise Billy Crystal and his effort to do something nice for his home town. Get a life and stop hating.
Skye Diamond December 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM
We think this is an amazing gesture. The Long Beach International Film Festival was so well recepted this summer, its a shame the Mr Crystal didn't reach out to them. He could have really helped them create something special. Film is a powerful tool,and can really lift spirits in a time of need.
Hamburger December 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM
too bad - i bet the film is a real winner
goatcheesepleez December 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Loved the movie! It was a wonderful gesture! He didn't have to do anything. Even though Billy Crystal was born & raised in LB he left in 1976. I want to say THANK YOU for providing the laughs tonight.
marcy December 11, 2012 at 07:59 AM
I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! Thank you BC. You brought smiles to many!


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