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

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

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. 

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.

Crystal, 64, 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."

Crystal will also be performing in "12-12-12: Concert for Sandy Relief" benefit on Dec. 12 at  Madison Square Garden.

This story was updated at 12:38 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Concerned Resident December 05, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Gee, I hope that this theater has changed. Hope that is clean and has heat!!! How embarrassing for the community and for Crystal if it hasn't.
holly clarfield December 05, 2012 at 12:36 PM
does anyone know how you make a reservation to attend.
Ocean Gypsy December 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
where was he a month ago? fine, he's inviting us long beach residents to a night of comedy...but he's promoting his own movie. is he donating? has he rolled up his sleeves with city officials and offered to help? Leonardo DiCaprio threw himself a birthday party and raised 50,000.00 for hurricane sandy on 11/10...just days after this horrific event. am glad billy got off his promotional junket and arse to acknowledge the devastation in his 'beloved" city.
Jaime Sumersille December 05, 2012 at 05:39 PM
This story has been updated with information on how to request tickets. Jaime Sumersille Regional Editor, Nassau County
unknownauthor December 06, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Thank you, Billy.
NCPD NORESPECT December 07, 2012 at 08:45 AM
yes where was he.? bald gasbag wants to tell he's from here.but WAS HE HELPIN.big shot,now he needs help from us.he'is out of touch. as a kid wanted to be mantle but wore met hat in city slickers. who needs him n his hair plugs.he needs to put jobs in long beach.workshops for actors n writers.get lost u .knucklehead...ill drive u out myself, get lost...times up ...support ed burns he makes good films,cheap and on long island...
NCPD NORESPECT December 07, 2012 at 08:47 AM
BIG PHONY,WHERE IS HE?making crap movies.we need help no old unfunny bitter comics
NCPD NORESPECT December 07, 2012 at 08:50 AM
hope he steps in mud,go back to la...don't use the people of long beach for another bad film.get lost.put up some dough.u spend it trying to look young...lol...ur a tool..got it.
NCPD NORESPECT December 07, 2012 at 08:51 AM
show up ,he will tell u he invented comedy.la carpetbagger,get lost
NCPD NORESPECT December 07, 2012 at 08:54 AM
you get it man.this jerk has a bad film.it tested really bad now they want good will.he lost his way 20 yrs ago.bruno kirdy walk of set n never spoke to him till he passed.rest in peace mr kirby.get lost crystal u are not fun or funny....mj told beat it just beat it...
NCPD NORESPECT December 07, 2012 at 08:56 AM
thanks..he did nothing.he is a tool,thks for going to long beach,really to put out his dumb movie...bruce u are wrong.kiss his skinny ass he loves that.
NCPD NORESPECT December 07, 2012 at 08:59 AM
we had a strom,crystal is the mess.a pr stunt that smells....more crap movies.he will be gone before the move starts.the guy is an ass
NCPD NORESPECT December 07, 2012 at 09:01 AM
show him the boardwalk at night,the tide can take him out...loser
dawn macaluso December 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM
hi,i'd love to go,what have all you done to make someone smile lately ,i don't know when someone gives you a treat you say thank you.actors do not owe anyone anything its a job,thats it ,we make them more thats all,so don't expect them to rebuild anything thats up to us and the government.thanks billy a night out when your down and out would be nice,how can i respond.everyone should look around themselves and be happy to be alive,kill the anger and move on,bashing someone will not make you feel better ,just make you look bad.move on and learne from it.thanks again,i'll take 4 and a ride would help.
dawn macaluso December 07, 2012 at 02:33 PM
hi how do i request tickets,please let me know and thank billy i can us a night out and a day of beauty but a movie will be fun too,4 tickets will be good thanks,dawn---dawnmcv@optonline.net
dawn macaluso December 07, 2012 at 03:05 PM
just found out about it we were displaced till this week, out of state, so we had no way of knowing about it and there is no room for us,once again,have fun everyone!
Wayne Beigel December 07, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I can't believe all the tickets are sold out. Maybe they can do another day for those who didn't have any internet service. Please get back to me as it has been a struggle in Long Beach. We lost three cars and our its floor not to mention our washer, dryer,hot water heater, and our boiler. Thanking you in advance if there are any more tickets available we would ned three. Those comments above are disgusting and I think Billy should be praised for what he is doing. Wayne Beigel.
Adrienne Strassenreiter December 10, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Does anyone know what time the bus is leaving, or arrives there ?????? ...As my dad needs a handicapped, so one of us are dropping him. All of the negative people, you guys are so rude, this is such a nice night out for lb residents, stop knocking it, he has fans from years and years and was a personal Long Beach Resident as well as his brother teaches there, I had him, and many friends, and he even went to school with my family. Its wonderful.
JOHN C. December 12, 2012 at 08:50 PM
he was supposed to meet us for dinner before the movie started[he stood us up].then we had a special vip invitation to see this ''dumb'' movie. we get to the theatre and was told by security to take our seats. what does ''mr. saturday night'' do? he yells at us for cutting in front of him in front of a packed theatre. i wanted to knock him out but i knew he had 2 billion 12 12 12 concert viewers to address. who does he think he is? hes a bad man....a very bad man. but thats show biz!!!!
JOHN C. December 12, 2012 at 08:50 PM
he was supposed to meet us for dinner before the movie started[he stood us up].then we had a special vip invitation to see this ''dumb'' movie. we get to the theatre and was told by security to take our seats. what does ''mr. saturday night'' do? he yells at us for cutting in front of him in front of a packed theatre. i wanted to knock him out but i knew he had 2 billion 12 12 12 concert viewers to address. who does he think he is? hes a bad man....a very bad man. but thats show biz!!!!
JOHN C. December 12, 2012 at 08:50 PM
he was supposed to meet us for dinner before the movie started[he stood us up].then we had a special vip invitation to see this ''dumb'' movie. we get to the theatre and was told by security to take our seats. what does ''mr. saturday night'' do? he yells at us for cutting in front of him in front of a packed theatre. i wanted to knock him out but i knew he had 2 billion 12 12 12 concert viewers to address. who does he think he is? hes a bad man....a very bad man. but thats show biz!!!!

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