Abbey Road's First Film Festival

Began and Ended with the Beatles!

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A quarter of a century ago, Abbey Road recorded its first film score, and to mark the event, Abbey Road Studios presented its first-ever film festival. For the first time, the public was invited inside this legendary studio and given the unique pleasure of screening many of the blockbuster films in the actual studios where the music was recorded. To listen to these awesome sounds and feel the magical atmosphere was the best way to understand why this place is so special to so many people.

Audiences were treated to all three installments of "The Lord of the Rings", "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Pink Floyd: The Wall", to name a few, but the home of the Beatles deliberately began and ended their festival with the Beatles. They opened on March 19th with "A Hard Day's Night" and closed the festival on April 3rd with "The Beatles Yellow Submarine". Other Beatles-related films included "Backbeat" and "Live and Let Die", but viewers of AHDN and YS were also treated to special VIP Q&A panels. The Yellow Sub expert panel included Krause"s author of Inside the Yellow Submarine the Making of the Beatles Animated Classic, Dr. Bob Hieronimus. After a standing ovation by the full-house audience of 300, panel moderator Martin Lewis concluded that "it took an American (Bob Hieronimus) to write the definitive history of the Yellow Submarine." Over 20 of the film's animators and artists were in the audience and after-party, at perhaps one of the last times so many will be gathered together in one place.

We were allowed to photograph and videotape the entire event and present for you here a few photos of what it looked like and what was said by the co-creators of the film inside the legendary Studio One and Studio Two of Abbey Road

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