Daily Archives: November 10, 2011

Frank Zappa’s ‘200 Motels’ opens in New York 40 years ago tonight (1971)

Video: '200 Motels' trailer

(Wednesday, November 10, 1971)200 Motels, a musical surrealist film co-written and directed by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer and starring The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel and former Beatle Ringo Starr, opened today at the Plaza Theater in New York.

The film covers a loose storyline about The Mothers of Invention going crazy in the small town Centerville.