Ben Barenholtz

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Birth Name: Ben Barenholtz
Born: 10/05/1935
Birth Place: Poland

Born in Poland, Barenholtz secured his first job in the film business at age 23, when he became the assistant manager of a New York movie house in 1958. It was in 1968 that Barenholtz first made an impression on the indie film world when he opened the Elgin on Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street in Manhattan. While ignored by the majors, the Elgin found a niche. Barenholtz first earned his place in movie history by originating the "Midnight Movie" concept for cultists and the youth/college market with such films as Alexander Jodorowsky's "El Topo" (1971), John Waters' "Pink Flamingos" (1972) and "The Harder They Come" (1972). Considered "underground" or "avant garde", they earned the first lap of ... Continue Bio >>

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