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December 21, 1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater


“Walt Disney, who created these lovable characters, brings to motion pictures a new medium for a greater art. And it looks like a ‘Snow White’ Christmas for all!”

On December 21, 1937, after beginning production in 1934, Walt Disney’s first full-length animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles, California. Many of those who attended had called the film “Walt’s Folly;” many celebrities also attended the premiere, including Shirley Temple, Marlene Dietrich, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Ginger Rogers, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, and Charlie Chaplin. There were even actors in dwarf costumes, and a special appearance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck. Life size replicas of the dwarfs’ cottage were created for the event. The film received a standing ovation, and grossed more than $8 million, which was quite a feat at the time, since a movie ticket cost about 10 cents. Snow White was the highest grossing film of all time, until it was surpassed by Gone With the Wind. The film was generally released on February 4th, 1938.


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