In preparation for the new Indiana Jones film, the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark” returns to theatres for two days in June.
On Sunday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 7, 2023, you can see the 1982 classic in hundreds of theatres, brought back to the screen by Fathom Events. Read more or get tickets at:
Raiders of the Lost Ark in Theatres
Starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg, this action-adventure masterpiece continues to captivate audiences with its thrilling storyline, iconic characters, and masterful craftsmanship.
Set in the 1930s, the film follows the intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) as he embarks on a perilous quest to recover the lost Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. The film is based on an original story line by George Lucas.
“Raiders” immediately received general acclaim by critics and audiences. The National Board of Review and critic Vincent Canby listed it as one of the ten best films of the year. Canby labeled the film an “instant classic” and one of the most humorous and stylish American films ever made. He described it as having refined the old serial films into their most perfect form for a modern audience.[Roger Ebert called it a series of “breathless and incredible” adventures inspired by and celebrating childhood stories told in comic books and movies. He concluded the film was successful in its singular goal of entertaining, creating an adventure epic in the vein of Star Wars, the James Bond films, and Superman.
The film is rated 56th in IMDB’s Top 250 Movies of All Time list.
Coming to theatres on June 30 is the 5th Indiana Jones film, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” Read more on IMDB.
2023 Film Theatrical Schedule
Additional classic films coming to theatres this year include National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) in July, Enter the Dragon (1973) in August, Rain Man (1988) in September, The Birds (1963) in October, Brian De Palma’s Scarface (1983) in November and A Christmas Story (1983) in December.
These classic movies are scheduled to play in about 750 locations nationwide. Showings are usually on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Here is the complete schedule for 2023 Big Screen Classics. Click on each film for more details or to see where it’s playing.
Roman Holiday 70th Anniversary – Sunday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
Celebrating 70 years – ROMAN HOLIDAY features a legendary, Oscar®-winning performance from Audrey Hepburn (in her first starring role). Nominated for a total of 10 Oscars®, including Best Picture, it’s the story of a modern-day princess who, rebelling against the royal obligations, explores Rome on her own. She soon meets an American newspaperman (Gregory Peck) who pretends ignorance of her true identity, in the hopes of obtaining an exclusive story. Naturally, his plan falters as they inevitably fall in love. Featuring Eddie Albert as a carefree cameraman pal, a classic Dalton Trumbo screenplay, expert direction from William Wyler, and featuring Edith Head’s Oscar®-winning costumes, it’s a timeless romantic comedy considered to be one of the greatest films from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Snowed in during a trip to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities, television weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) finds himself stuck in time, endlessly repeating February 2nd. His world is inhabited by the same people every day, but they don’t know Groundhog Day is repeating itself. That gives him a certain advantage: He can find out what a woman is looking for in a man, and then the “next” day behave in exactly the right way to impress her. Luckily there is a woman closeby to practice on. She’s Rita (Andie MacDowell), Phil’s long-suffering producer, who has had to put up with his tantrums, demands and surliness. Gradually Phil is able to see the error of his ways and improve his behavior until, finally, a Groundhog Day dawns when she finally likes him.
Casablanca 80th Anniversary, Sunday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. Filmed and set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate (Bogart) who must choose between his love for a woman (Bergman) and helping her husband (Henreid), a Czechoslovak resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Germans. The supporting cast features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson.
You can also see the restoration at home by purchasing the DVD, which has a 4K, Blu-Ray, and digital version. It’s on sale for about $20 at Best Buy and Amazon: Casablanca DVD on Sale – Best Buy / Casablanca DVD on Sale – Amazon
The Big Lebowski 25th Anniversary, Sunday April 16 and Wednesday, April 20, 2023.
“The Big Lebowski” is a cult classic film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, released in 1998. It follows the story of Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a laid-back and unemployed slacker, who becomes embroiled in a kidnapping plot when he is mistaken for a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski. Along with his bowling buddies, Walter Sobchak and Donny, The Dude sets out to unravel the tangled web of misunderstandings, betrayals, and mistaken identities that make up the film’s plot.
The film has gained a dedicated following over the years and is known for its quirky characters, memorable quotes, and surreal humor. It has also been praised for its intricate plot, which rewards multiple viewings, and its use of music, which includes classic rock, country, and jazz.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 20th Anniversary April 13-20, 2023
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It is based on 1955’s The Return of the King, the third volume of the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Prior to the film, audiences will be treated to an introduction from Elijah Wood (Frodo) discussing the impact of the LOTR trilogy and why fans return again and again to immerse themselves in this storyworld. With recent footage captured at LA Comic Con of the World Premiere of the brand new LOTR Roleplaying tabletop game, Elijah takes audiences through this limited fan event with a celebrity cast to raise support for Extra Life for Kids, a program of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Flashdance 40th Anniversary Wednesday April 26 and Sunday April 30
Delivering an electrifying mix of music, drama and dance, Jennifer Beals stars as Alex—a fiercely determined 18-year-old with one all-consuming dream to study at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance. Working during the day as a welder and at night as an exotic dancer, she bravely pursues her dream and undertakes an unforgettable journey that reveals the power of her convictions. Featuring the Oscar®–winning* song “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” performed and co-written by Irene Cara, and the iconic global hit “Maniac.”
Grease 45th Anniversary, Sunday May 14 and Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
The kids are cool, the cars are hot, and the tunes are always rockin’ and rollin’ when one of the most beloved comedies of all time comes back to theaters to celebrate its 45th anniversary! Good girl Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) is new to school, but ready to join the Pink Ladies. Bad boy Danny (John Travolta), the leader of the T-Birds, has just discovered their summer lovin’ wasn’t just a passing fling when they’re reunited at Rydell High School.
Hairspray 35th Anniversary – Sunday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 14, 2023.
Hairspray: It’s Baltimore, 1962, and a rebellious teenager with the biggest bouffant on the block attempts to win the coveted “Miss Auto Show” crown as she fights against racial discrimination in this film created and directed by John Waters and featuring Divine in his/her last role.
National Lampoon’s Vacation 40th Anniversary– Sunday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 19, 2023.
The all-American Griswold family just wants to go on an all-American vacation. Everyone is packed. The route is planned … And absolutely everything goes wrong as a simple trip quickly becomes a madcap cross-country odyssey and heroic quest in search of National Lampoon’s Vacation. For the Clark W. Griswolds of Chicago, 50 weeks of work and routine will soon be rewarded with a fortnight of frenzied freedom. Mom and the kids would rather fly, but Dad (Chevy Chase) insists on driving west to Walley World. He’s programmed everything on the family’s PC–from tire wear to best routes, from choice sights to the finest AAA-recommended lodgings. With such planning everything should go right … Wrong!!From director Harold Ramis and screenwriter John Hughes.
Bruce Lee explodes onto the screen in the film that rocketed him to international superstardom, Enter The Dragon. Recruited by an intelligence agency, martial arts student Lee (Lee–Fists of Fury, The Chinese Connection) participates in a brutal tournament at a remote island fortress in an attempt to gather enough evidence to convict the international drug-trafficker responsible for the murder of Lee’s sister. In the now-classic fight-to-the-death finish, two men enter a mirrored maze, but only one will exit…NOTE: Though uncredited, future superstars Chuck Norris, playing a messenger, and Jackie Chan, as Oharra’s henchman, appear in this 1973 martial arts spectacular.
Charlie (Tom Cruise) just discovered he has an autistic brother named Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) and is taking him on the ride of his life. Or is it the other way around? Raymond first pushes hot-headed Charlie to the limits of his patience and then pulls him completely out of his self-centered world. And what began as an unsentimental journey for the brothers becomes so much more. Winner of four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Hoffman) and Best Director (Barry Levinson).
Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is an unforgettable masterpiece that is considered one of the most terrifying films from the Master of Suspense. When beautiful, blonde Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) travels to Bodega Bay in pursuit of eligible bachelor Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), she is inexplicably attacked by a seagull. Suddenly, thousands of birds begin to flock into town, preying on schoolchildren and residents in a terrifying series of attacks. Mitch and Melanie must fight for their lives against a deadly force that cannot be explained or stopped in this film that makes you want to “hold onto something and watch!” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide).
Scarface 40th Anniversary – Sunday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 15, 2023.
In the spring of 1980, the port at Mariel Harbor was opened, and thousands set sail for the United States. They came in search of the American Dream. One of them found it on the sun-washed avenues of Miami…wealth, power and passion beyond his wildest dreams. He was Tony Montana. The world will remember him by another name…Scarface. Starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana along with Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert Loggia, Scarface has become a cultural phenomenon brilliantly directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone.
A Christmas Story 40th Anniversary – Sunday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 13, 2023.
It’s the final days before Christmas in early 1940s Cleveland, and 9-year-old Ralphie wants one thing from Santa more than anything else: a Red Ryder Carbine Action Air Rifle. As he trudges through the snow to school, faces the neighborhood bully and visits a malevolent department store Santa Claus, Ralphie connives, conspires and campaigns for the most fabulous Christmas present ever in this heartwarming, hysterical and sweetly nostalgic holiday film. Based on stories by Jean Sheppard.
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