Empire State Building Pays Tribute to ‘Sleepless in Seattle’

Empire State Building showing its heart
The "world's most romantic building" does it again. (EPK.TV)


Here is something that will make you feel old: Sleepless in Seattle is now 25 years old. To celebrate the anniversary (and the release of the special anniversary Blu-ray release of the film), the Empire State Building presented a special lighting to match the lighting scheme immortalized in the film last night. Although you can’t see it very well, the band of white lights shows a red heart going around the building.

While not as engaging as when the city of Los Angeles shined the Bat Symbol on the walls of their City Hall building in honor of Adam West after his passing in June 2017 or as fancy as when Caesar from the most recent version of The Planet of the Apes took over Caesar’s Palace in Los Vegas just two months earlier, it is the thought that counts.

If you seen Sleepless in Seattle, then you already know that the building played a major role in the film’s story. Written and directed by Nora Ephron, movie starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (who also starred together in Joe vs. the Volcano and You've Got Mail) in the captivating tale of a recently widowed man whose son calls a radio talk-show on Christmas Eve in an attempt to find his father a new wife. A worldwide box office hit when released, earning more than $220 million, the film was nominated for two Academy Awards® and three Golden Globes®. The new Special Anniversary Blu-Ray edition features four never-before-seen deleted scenes, which must be really good to have waited 25 years to show them, or just another marketing ploy to get you to but another copy of the film you already have. At any rate, it’s bound to look better on Blu-ray than that old VHS tape you have.

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