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Burton and Schumacher ‘Batman’ movies return to NEPA theaters in May for Batman’s 80th anniversary

Burton and Schumacher ‘Batman’ movies return to NEPA theaters in May for Batman’s 80th anniversary
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From a press release:

In select movie theaters nationwide this May, “Batman” returns… followed by “Batman Returns,” “Batman Forever,” and “Batman & Robin.” All four blockbuster cinematic adventures from the ’80s and ’90s are coming back to theaters in honor of Batman’s 80th anniversary.

Each “Batman” film will play one day only in more than 600 movie theaters nationwide, beginning with director Tim Burton’s visionary “Batman,” the 1989 film whose unprecedented success and acclaim helped propel superhero movies that continue to reign supreme at the box office today.

Warner Bros., DC, and Fathom Events are offering movie and Batman fans alike a chance to see all these blockbuster films on the big screen. The schedule for this Caped Crusader cinematic celebration is as follows:

  • “Batman” (1989): Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • “Batman Returns” (1992): Monday, May 6, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • “Batman Forever” (1995): Sunday, May 12, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • “Batman & Robin” (1997): Tuesday, May 14, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets, which went on sale today, can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the United States will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network, including Cinemark 20 (40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic) and Cinemark Stroud Mall (160 Stroud Mall, Stroudsburg).

“Batman,” starring Jack Nicholson as the Joker, Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale, also marks its 30th anniversary this year, making this Fathom Events presentation a dual celebration for fans. The top-grossing film of 1989 led to three sequels, all of which are part of the series.

In “Batman Returns,” both Keaton and Burton are back, along with Danny DeVito as the Penguin, Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and Christopher Walken as Max Schreck in a film equally hailed as the first for its eye-popping visual flair and riveting performances.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, Val Kilmer dons the Batsuit in 1995’s “Batman Forever,” along with an all-star cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face, Jim Carrey as the Riddler, Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian, Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin, and Drew Barrymore as Sugar.

In 1997’s “Batman & Robin,” also helmed by Schumacher, George Clooney is the Caped Crusader and O’Donnell is back as Robin, alongside such indelible performers as Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson/Batgirl.

“The cycle of ‘Batman’ films that began with Tim Burton’s big-screen classic 30 years ago this summer is an amazing group of films that helped usher in an exciting new era of moviemaking,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas. “We’re honored Warner Bros. has turned to Fathom Events to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Batman with these iconic superhero films.”

Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with theater locations in all the top 100 DMAs (Designated Market Areas) and ranks as one of the largest overall theater content distributors. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc., and Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group, Fathom Events offers a variety of unique entertainment events in movie theaters, such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, top Broadway stage productions, major sporting events, epic concerts, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, inspirational events, and popular anime franchises.

Fathom Events also takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras, including audience Q&As, backstage footage, and interviews with the cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live Digital Broadcast Network is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 1,010 locations and 1,628 screens in 182 DMAs. The company also provides corporations a compelling national footprint for hosting employee meetings, customer rewards events, and new product launches.