Most weeks you can find classic films like Casablanca and A Christmas Story in many theatres. Next up on Wednesday, September 27, is Legally Blonde. Starting Sunday, Oct. 1 is Lord of the Rings: Two Towers.
These classic movies are hosted by Fathom Events and Flashback Cinema and show in hundreds of theatres nationwide. Details on the upcoming movie showings are below.
Complete Schedule of 2023 Classic Films
Below is the complete schedule for 2023 Classics from both Fathom Events and Flashback Cinema, ordered by date. 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. Fathom Events
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. Fathom Events
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. Fathom Events
“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. Fathom Events
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. Fathom Events
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. Fathom Events
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.
Heathers 35th Anniversary – July 30. Fathom Events
Veronica (Winona Ryder) is part of the most popular clique at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls’ cruel behavior. When Veronica and her new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), confront clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Soon Veronica realizes that J.D. is intentionally killing students he does not like. She races to stop J.D. while also clashing with the clique’s new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty).
This exclusive anniversary event will also include Poor Little Heather – an interview with actress Lisanne Falk (Heather McNamara)
Enter the Dragon 50th Anniversary – Sunday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Fathom Events
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.
American Graffiti 50th Anniversary – Sunday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 30, 2023. Fathom Events
From director George Lucas (Star Wars) and producer Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), American Graffiti is a classic coming-of-age story set against the 1960s backdrop of hot rods, drive-ins and rock n’ roll. Starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and Suzanne Somers in their breakout roles, this nostalgic look back follows a group of teenagers as they cruise the streets on their last summer night before college. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, American Graffiti features the howling sounds of Wolfman Jack and an unforgettable soundtrack with songs by Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys and Bill Haley & His Comets.
They Live 35th Anniversary – Sunday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Fathom Events
Horror master John Carpenter directs this heart-pounding thriller about aliens who are gaining control of the earth by masquerading as humans and the one man determined to stop them.
The Goonies – Labor Day Weekend and Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Flashback Cinema
This 1985 adventure comedy presented by Steven Spielberg, with music by Cyndi Lauper and REO Speedwagon, finds a group of young friends searching for buried treasure.
The Terminator – Sunday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 13, 2023. Flashback Cinema
Director James Cameron’s 1985 sci-fi thriller stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (“I’ll be back!”) as a cyborg assassin sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose unborn son is destined to save mankind.
Christine 40th Anniversary Sunday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 13, 2023. Fathom Events
Based on the novel by Stephen King, CHRISTINE tells the horrific story of a 1957 Plymouth that is bought by a misfit student (Keith Gordon) and refurbished, and takes on human characteristics. Christine, as the Plymouth is called, exacts revenge on everyone who treated her owner badly at school and then gets even more possessive and goes after Gordon’s girlfriend.
This special anniversary event will feature an exclusive intro from director John Carpenter.
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition) – Sunday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 20, 2023. Flashback Cinema
The first chapter in director Peter Jackson’s landmark trilogy, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novels. In the mythological world of Middle Earth, a ring lost for centuries must be found and destroyed to prevent the dark lord who created it from enslaving the world. Presented with additional footage not seen in the original theatrical version. Directed by Peter Jackson, the original release was in 2001.
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).
Legally Blonde – Sunday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 27, 2023. Flashback Cinema
Reese Witherspoon stars in the 2001 hit comedy about the intersection of fashion, beauty and jurisprudence. Sorority girl Elle Woods is seriously in love, but her boyfriend doesn’t think she’s serious enough to marry. The solution? Apply to Harvard Law School! (“What, like it’s hard?”) Getting in proves to be only half the battle, as she must overcome stereotypes to win the respect of her classmates.
Below is a preview.
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (extended edition) – Sunday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 4. Flashback Cinema
In Chapter Two of the epic adventure, presented with additional footage not seen in the original theatrical version, Frodo Baggins and the other members of the Fellowship continue their sacred quest to destroy the One Ring. Along the way they meet Gollum, a grotesque creature who owned the ring for 500 years and is obsessed with getting it back. (“Must have the precious. They stole it from us!”) Directed by Peter Jackson, the original release was in 2002.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – Sunday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 11. Flashback Cinema
The drama continues as 18-year-old Bella (Kristen Stewart) remains torn between her vampire boyfriend Edward (Robert Pattinson) and her hunky werewolf friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner). As if that weren’t enough, a malicious vampire is trying to destroy Bella. Can Edward work with Jacob to protect her? Released in 2010.
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (extended edition) – Sunday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 18. Flashback Cinema
In this thrilling climax to the trilogy, armies mass for a final battle that will decide the fate of the world. And one member of the Fellowship of the Ring is revealed as the noble heir to the throne of the Kings of Men. Winner of 11 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director (Peter Jackson), and presented here with footage not seen in the original 2003 theatrical version.
Beetlejuice 35th Anniversary – Sunday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 25. Flashback Cinema
“It’s showtime!” Michael Keaton is Beetlejuice (“the ghost with the most, babe”) in this 1988 supernatural comedy from director Tim Burton. Ghosts Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis need help scaring off an unwanted family, so they hire the bizarre “freelance bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice. With Winona Ryder in her breakout role as a teenager obsessed with the afterlife.
The Birds 60th Anniversary – Sunday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 23, 2023. Fathom Events
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).
The Shining – Sunday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 31. Flashback Cinema
Stanley Kubrick’s1980 horror classic, based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. Jack Nicholson (“Here’s Johnny!”) is the caretaker of a closed hotel with a really…bad…past. He and his family are virtually alone in the spooky old building. Or are they? Shelly Duvall, as Nicholson’s distraught wife, discovers her husband is turning into someone she barely recognizes. (“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”)
Scarface 40th Anniversary – Sunday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 15, 2023. Fathom Events
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. Fathom Events
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.
Classic Movie Schedules
Here is the complete schedule for 2023 Fathom Events Big Screen Classics: Fathom Events Movie Classics Schedule
Here is the complete schedule for 2023 Classics from Flashback Cinema: Flashback Cinema Movie Classics Schedule