Willy Wonka theaters

Three cinema classics with benchmark anniversaries will make their way back to theaters this summer as part of Fathom Events and TCM Big Screen Classics screenings across the U.S.  First, just before the very similar looking Jungle Cruise arrives in theaters starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, the original odd couple on a jungle river ride, director John Huston’s The African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn is back next week celebrating 70 years since its release.  It’s followed in August by the original kids’ fantasy-horror thrill ride Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder.  It celebrates its 50th anniversary.  And in September, frequently hailed as the greatest movie of all time, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane arrives in theaters for its 80th anniversary.  The movies will have a limited release, but will be available on hundreds of movie screens nationwide.

Citizen Kane triumphant

Fathom Events joins Paramount and Turner Classic Movies to bring The African Queen to theaters Sunday, July 18, for showings at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time, and Wednesday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m. local time.  Fathom Events joins Warner Bros. and Turner Classic Movies to bring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to theaters Sunday, August 15, for showings at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time, and Wednesday, August 18, at 7:00 p.m. local time, then Citizen Kane will screen in theaters Sunday, September 19, for showings at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time, and Wednesday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m. local time.

All three movies were nominated for Academy Awards, with The African Queen and Citizen Kane taking home trophies.

For more information, participating theaters, and to order tickets, check out the Fathom Events The African Queen page here, the Fathom Events Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory page here, and the Fathom Events Citizen Kane page here.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg