Horror classics return to the big screen this fall

That’s right folks, the people at Universal are remastering and re-releasing The Birds, Frankenstein, and The Bride of Frankenstein(among other films) on the big screen in celebration of their 100th Anniversary.

This is gonna be awesome! I am already buying my tickets! Read on for this amazing news.

NCM Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies event series featuring four newly restored titles commemorating Universal Pictures’ 100th anniversary begins with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The series continues with a double feature on Wednesday, Oct. 24 with “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein” followed by a special 50th Anniversary edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Thursday, Nov. 15.  Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time, with special matinees in select theaters at 2:00 p.m. The series will feature newly restored versions of the films created by Universal in celebration of its 100th Anniversary and will also include a specially-produced TCM introduction by film historian, author and TCM host Robert Osborne, who will take audiences behind the scenes for each of these American classics with unique insights into their making.

The “TCM Event Series”will be presented using new digital cinema projection systems in select movie theaters around the country. Tickets to the series are available at presenting theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of presenting theater locations and prices, please visit the web site (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

“The Birds” event on Sept. 19 will bring back Alfred Hitchcock’s chilling 1963 masterpiece, telling the tale of modern rich socialite Melanie Daniels and the strange behavior of birds north of San Francisco. As birds in the hundreds and thousands are attacking anyone they find outdoors, there is no explanation, and survival becomes the priority. Osborne will share an exclusive interview he conducted specifically for this special presentation with the film’s star Tippi Hedren filmed earlier this year at the Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Hedren reveals how “Hitch” hand-picked her to play the part of Melanie Daniels, and also how the movie that launched her career also practically ended it. Osborne will reach deep into the TCM Archives to share more on-set stories from Hedren’s co-stars Rod Taylor and Suzanne Pleshette.

Just in time for Halloween, the double feature of “Frankenstein”and “The Bride of Frankenstein” on Oct. 24 will reintroduce audiences to the famous story of brilliant scientist Henry Frankenstein and his experiments on the re-animation of lifeless bodies. His fiancée, Elizabeth, and friend Victor Moritz are worried about his health as he spends far too many hours in his laboratory on experiments. The creature he’s brought to life escapes, and soon the villagers rise up, intent on destroying the murdering creature.  The sequel finds Dr. Frankenstein and his monster both alive; but a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps Dr. Frankenstein’s wife and forces him to create a new female companion for the original monster. The original 1931 film and its 1935 sequel—both starring Boris Karloff—will be introduced with exclusive interviews conducted at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, including conversations with Karloff’s daughter Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Jr. (son of the classic “Dracula” star), and  Academy Award®-winning make-up artist Rick Baker. All three will discuss classic horror movies, how legendary icons like Karloff and Lugosi helped define the genre, and how today’s horror films measure up to the classics.  

The series continues on Nov. 15 with a special 50th Anniversary screening of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” based on Harper Lee’s 1961 Pulitzer Prize winning book. Oscar® winner Gregory Peck plays Atticus Finch, a lawyer in a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s. The event will feature a special TCM-produced introduction and historical commentary featuring Osborne. 

“This Event Series is a rare opportunity for fans of these four legendary films,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. “Not only will fans experience these Hollywood classics on the big screen once again, but TCM Host Robert Osborne will give fans an exclusive insight into the stories behind the making of each classic.”

As part of Universal’s 100th Anniversary this year, a commemorative 50th Anniversary release of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is currently available on Blu-ray™/DVD.  Coming to Blu-ray™ for the first time, “The Birds” will be released as part of the “Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection” on Sept. 25.  Also premiering on Blu-ray™, “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein” will be included in the “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection” available Oct. 2.     


The Turner Classic Movies Series will be playing at the following movie theaters in your area on September 19, October 24 and November 15.  Theater locations are subject to change; for updated information, please check your local listings closer to the event date.

  • Cinemark Jess Ranch 18935 Bear Valley Rd Apple Valley CA 92308
  • Cinemark 22 with IMAX 2600 W Avenue I Lancaster CA 93536
  • Cinemark 16 Victorville 14470 Bear Valley Rd Victorville CA 92392
  • Cinemark 14 99 S Pine Ave Long Beach CA 90802
  • Antelope Valley Mall 1475 W Rancho Vista Blvd Palmdale CA 93551
  • North Hollywood 8 12827 Victory Blvd North Hollywood CA 91606
  • Orange Stadium Promenade 25 with XD 1701 W Katella Ave Orange CA 92867
  • Huntington Beach 20 with XD 7777 Edinger Ave Huntington Beach CA 92647
  • Ventura Stadium 16 2875 Elba St Ventura CA 93003
  • Irvine Spectrum 20 with IMAX 65 Fortune Dr Irvine CA 92618
  • Aliso Viejo 20 with IMAX 26701 Aliso Creek Rd Aliso Viejo CA 92656
  • Valencia Stadium 12 with IMAX 24435 Town Center Dr Valencia CA 91355
  • Long Beach 26 with IMAX 7501 Carson Blvd Long Beach CA 90808
  • Temecula 15 with IMAX 40750 Winchester Rd Temecula CA 92591
  • Alhambra Renaissance 14 with IMAX 1 E Main St Alhambra CA 91801
  • LA Live 1000 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles CA 90015
  • Rave 18 with IMAX 6081 Center Dr Los Angeles CA 90045
  • Baldwin Hills 4020 Marlton Ave Los Angeles CA 90008

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