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    Historic Niagara Falls “Hotel Niagara” to see major transformation

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    “It fell into disrepair and it sat, and now it’s coming back to life,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

    Governor Cuomo toured the inside of the Hotel Niagara that is soon set to see a major transformation. The historic hotel that has been vacant for many years is where Marilyn Monroe stayed back in the 1950’s.

    “It’s coming back to life in a modern version but with all the beauty of that history,” said Cuomo.

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    This article on FilmSchoolRejects.com talks a lot about the history of Niagara Falls in the movies. It includes references to the Marilyn Monroe movie, as well as others

    Niagara Falls is one of the most famous natural wonders in the world. It only makes sense that it has appeared onscreen many times throughout the years. Niagara Falls has been featured in many different types of films, including traditional narrative films, travelogues, and of course documentaries. Each of these different forms of filmmaking offers a unique perspective on Niagara, in terms of the landscape, its mythical qualities, the culture surrounding it, and how humans interact with such a huge force of nature.

    Niagara Falls calls and you can follow in Marilyn Monroe’s footsteps by taking a tower trip for awesome views

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    From the Sun (UK):

    NOTHING can prepare you for the power and majesty of Niagara Falls.

    I’d wanted to see them since a relative had brought me back a souvenir snowglobe when I was a kid.

    I wouldn’t get to see them in all their deafening glory until more than 30 years later — but it was worth the wait.

    Pokemon Go helps boost tourism at Niagara Falls to all-time high

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    From Syracuse.com:

    Everyone who makes their living in the tourism industry in the Niagara Falls area is talking about it.

    Summer 2016 was reported as an all-time high, with the Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, assisting over 103,000 people, a 16 percent increase over 2015.

    “I watched the old movie ‘Niagara’ with Marilyn Monroe and I said, ‘Hey let’s go,'” said David Sage of Monmouth, Ill. visiting Niagara Falls on Thursday with his wife of 33 years, Jeanette. It was their first vacation in 21 years and they spent two days doing it all, from Cave of the Winds, to the Over the Falls tour, the Aquarium, fireworks, and of course the Maid of the Mist, just like Marilyn.

    But there also a more modern twist at Niagara Falls — Pokemon Go.

    Justin Devoe and Dean Goranites, both of Kenmore were enjoying the “beautiful new walkways” while they searched for their virtual prey.

    “It’s really good down there. There’s a lot of sweet spots,” said Goranites of the Pokemon search. “We found out about it online and came down to check it out.”

    The story of the Niagara River: The water wonder of the world

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    Oscar Wilde, Richard Nixon, Pierre Trudeau, Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Shirley Temple, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Charles Blondin, Wild Bill Hickok, Laura Secord, H.G. Wells, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Sir Harry Oakes, Jimmy Stewart, Princess Diana …

    Bit characters all – in a story in which the main character has always been and will always be: the Falls.

    Those famous names, with one notable exception, were all as impressed in their day by Niagara Falls as will be the millions of visitors who come this year to stare in awe at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

    Helen Keller, who could not see and could not hear, experienced the falls through her hands. She was so moved by the vibrations she could feel on a hotel windowsill that she told her mother: “One feels helpless and overwhelmed in the presence of such a vast force.”

    Marilyn Monroe’s room at the Crowne Plaza, Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marilyn Monroe slept here.

    It’s Room 801 inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls and if you play your cards right, you can sleep there, too.

    It’s on the eighth floor, right at the end of the hall, on the left side.

    “It’s more than just the room, it’s the entire hotel because this is where she stayed when they were filming the movie Niagara,” said Joseph Legace, general manager of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

    Niagara USA recreates ‘Niagara’ in anniversary package

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    Niagara Frontier Publications has an article about celebrating the 60th anniversary of the movie “Niagara. Through May 2013, you have the opportunity to celebrate the movie, starring Marilyn Monroe, by experiencing some of the best Niagara Falls attractions from the film.

    The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp has created a package that includes some of the best Niagara Falls attractions seen in the iconic movie.

    Niagara Falls’ two weeks with Marilyn

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Some 60 years before Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope and focused attention from across the world on Niagara Falls; nearly two decades before the Christopher Reeve’s Superman made his famous flight over the mighty cataract to save a young boy’s life in 1979, Marilyn Monroe brought the bright lights of Hollywood north of the border to Niagara Falls.

    Unclear Future for Mainstay of Niagara Mist

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    From the New York Times:

    The Maid of the Mist tour boats have plied the roiling waters of the Niagara Gorge since the 1840s, taking tens of millions of visitors, including the future King Edward VII (1860), Marilyn Monroe (1952) and Mikhail Gorbachev (1983), past the American Falls to the base of the Horseshoe Falls, whose staggering height and swirling mist feel almost biblical.

    “It’s like ‘The Ten Commandments,’ ” shouted a drenched Gargeyi Baipa, a recent passenger from India on one of the boats, referring to the 1956 film that depicted the Exodus.

    Now, the Maid of the Mist Corporation, a small fleet owned and operated by a local family for the past 41 years, finds itself confronting its own possible exodus.

    Canada’s fling with Marilyn

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    (this isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls, but there is a blurb about Marilyn Monroe being in Niagara Falls)

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    We know her influence in the U.S. but what kind of impression did Marilyn Monroe leave in Canada?

    Plenty, according to the man who organized an exhibition in her honour at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, ON. Though she only made two high-profile visits to Canada – including Niagara Falls in 1952 – her stamp on pop culture is still felt through photos and artwork.

    The exhibition closed in May, but Finn will be at the RiverBrink Art Museum July 17 to discuss Monroe’s enduring influence up north.

    “(Niagara) was her first major acting role, and she was drawing quite a bit of attention,” says Finn, McMichael’s assistant curator. “It seemed like she had a much closer relationship with the people she met on the street than any other time in her career after that.”

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