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TCM shows ‘Big Screen Classics’ in select NEPA movie theaters every month in 2020

TCM shows ‘Big Screen Classics’ in select NEPA movie theaters every month in 2020
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From a press release:

In 2020, 14 of movie history’s greatest romances, funniest comedies, scariest monsters, boldest visions, ultimate adventures, and most unforgettable dramas will be back in select movie theaters across the country as Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies present the fourth annual TCM Big Screen Classics series.

Among the highlights of this year-long series are the first national theatrical release of 1933’s “King Kong” in more than 60 years; the tear-jerking “Love Story” for Valentine’s Day; the 60th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho;” and a rare big-screen appearance of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Plus, 2020 is the 40th anniversary of “Airplane!” It all begins with “An American in Paris” on Sunday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 22.

TCM Big Screen Classics series 2020 lineup:

  • “An American in Paris” (1951) – Jan. 19 and Jan. 22
  • “Love Story” (1970) – Feb. 9 and Feb. 12
  • “The Color Purple” (1985) – Feb. 23
  • “King Kong” (1933) – March 15
  • “A League of Their Own” (1992) – April 26, April 27, and April 29
  • “Airplane!” (1980) – May 17 and May 20
  • “Annie” (1982) – June 14 and June 17
  • “The Blues Brothers” (1980) – June 28 and July 1
  • “Ghost” (1990) – July 19 and July 22
  • “Babe” (1995) – Aug. 9 and Aug. 12
  • “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977) – Sept. 13, Sept. 14, and Sept. 17
  • “Psycho” (1960) – Oct. 11 and Oct. 12
  • “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) – Nov. 8 and Nov. 9
  • “Fiddler on the Roof” (1971) – Dec. 13 and Dec. 14

Now in its fourth year, the TCM Big Screen Classics series continues to grow in popularity. In 2019, many events in the series experienced sold-out audiences and ranked near or at the top of box office results, showcasing the enduring appeal and popularity of gathering in a darkened movie theater to see the sights and hear the sounds of the best Hollywood has ever created. Each film is presented with pristine digital projection and movie theater-quality sound, further enhanced by fascinating pre- and post-feature insights presented by popular TCM hosts.

“2019 was a banner year for Fathom and the TCM Big Screen Classics series, with record levels of attendees and a bigger box office than ever before,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas. “That success challenged us to search out some of the greatest films ever released, including iconic titles from over six decades, featuring world-renowned filmmakers, legendary stars, Best Picture winners, and epic productions – all meant to be seen on the big screen.”

“This is a slate of films to make every movie lover genuinely excited, and our partnership with Fathom Events means we can bring these films to a bigger audience than ever. This series celebrates the magic of the movies all throughout the country, proving that there is nothing that matches the joy of seeing these films in a movie theater,” added Genevieve McGillicuddy, vice president of enterprise and strategic partnerships at TCM.

The entire 2020 TCM Big Screen Classics series will be presented in select movie theaters through Fathom Events’ Digital Broadcast Network, including Cinemark 20 (40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic), Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX (3909 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City), and Cinemark Stroud Mall (160 Stroud Mall, Stroudsburg).

Tickets for every film are available now at participating theater box offices or online at

“An American in Paris” (1951) from Warner Bros.
Sunday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 22

Nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of Best Picture, this musical romance is frequently heralded as one of the great works in the genre. In post-war Paris, complications arise when a love triangle develops between three friends.

Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and Nina Foch
Screenplay by: Alan Jay Lerner
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

“Love Story” (1970) – 50th anniversary from Paramount Pictures
Sunday, Feb. 9 and Wednesday, Feb. 12

One of the most romantic movies ever made remains one of the most enduringly popular. This heartfelt tale of the love of a lifetime received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Cast: Ryan O’Neal, Ali MacGraw, John Marley, and Ray Milland
Screenplay by: Erich Segal, based on his novel
Directed by: Arthur Hiller

“The Color Purple” (1985) – 35th anniversary from Warner Bros.
Sunday, Feb. 23

Resilient Celie endures decades of abuse, bigotry, and violence as she finds love – and family – amid her harsh and unforgiving surroundings. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this film will be presented to honor national Black History Month.

Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Akosua Busia
Screenplay by: Menno Meyjes, based on the novel by Alice Walker
Directed by: Steven Spielberg

“King Kong” (1933) from Warner Bros.
Sunday, March 15

“No, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.” When King Kong is captured and taken off his tropical island for the bright lights of Manhattan, an unexpected bond is formed between the great beast and a damsel in distress.

Cast: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, and King Kong
Screenplay by: James Creelman and Ruth Rose
Directed by: Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack

“A League of Their Own” (1992) from Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sunday, April 26; Monday, April 27; and Wednesday, April 29

There is absolutely, positively no crying in baseball… but cheering is definitely allowed while watching this star-studded account of a real-life, World War II-era women’s professional baseball league.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, and Lori Petty
Screenplay by: Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel
Directed by: Penny Marshall

“Airplane!” (1980) – 40th anniversary from Paramount Pictures
Sunday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 20

A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, “Airplane!” boasts an all-star cast and an uproarious plot that spoofs airplane disaster movies, religious zealots, television commercials, and romantic love. Nothing and no one is safe on this flight.

Cast: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, and Lloyd Bridges
Written and directed by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker

“Annie” (1982) from Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sunday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 17

As a young orphan living in New York City during the Great Depression, Annie knows it’s a “hard-knock life.” Follow the plucky redhead’s journey in the lavishly produced 1982 musical comedy that’s based on the iconic Broadway musical.

Cast: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, and introducing Aileen Quinn as Annie
Screenplay by: Carol Sobieski
Directed by: John Huston

“The Blues Brothers” (1980) – 40th anniversary from Universal Pictures
Sunday, June 28 and Wednesday, July 1

“Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues set out on “a mission from God” to save an orphanage from foreclosing. Getting their band back together for a benefit show turns into a hilariously chaotic ordeal set in the home of the blues, Chicago.

Cast: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Carrie Fisher, and Aretha Franklin
Screenplay by: Dan Aykroyd and John Landis
Directed by: John Landis

“Ghost” (1990) – 30th anniversary from Paramount Pictures
Sunday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 22

A ghost teams up with a psychic to uncover the truth behind his murder and protect the love of his life in this romantic mystery thriller, which was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, and won Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.

Cast: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, and Tony Goldwyn
Screenplay by: Bruce Joel Rubin
Directed by: Jerry Zucker

“Babe” (1995) – 25th anniversary from Universal Pictures
Sunday, Aug. 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 12

“That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.” A pig raised by sheepdogs learns to herd sheep with the aid of a friendly farmer. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this story has lessons for humans (and pigs) of all ages.

Cast: Christine Cavanaugh, Hugo Weaving, and James Cromwell
Screenplay by: George Miller and Chris Noonan, based on the novel by Dick King-Smith
Directed by: Chris Noonan

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977) from Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sunday, Sept. 13; Monday, Sept. 14; and Thursday, Sept. 17

Mysterious, mystical, and magical, this towering cinematic epic follows “everyman” Roy Neary, who sees UFOs and becomes embroiled in an adventure he can hardly imagine, one in which he’ll make the “third kind” of alien encounter – contact.

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, and François Truffaut
Written and directed by: Steven Spielberg

“Psycho” (1960) – 60th anniversary from Universal Pictures
Sunday, Oct. 11 and Monday, Oct. 12

Audiences can check in to the Bates Motel and discover the awful truth of Norman Bates… and his mother. Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller was unspeakably shocking when first released and remains a groundbreaking moment in movie history.

Cast: Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, and John Gavin
Written by: Joseph Stefano, based on the novel by Robert Bloch
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) – 45th anniversary from The Saul Zaentz Company
Sunday, Nov. 8 and Monday, Nov. 9

Seeking to avoid the hardships and danger of prison, rebellious criminal Randle McMurphy fakes mental illness in order to be moved to a psychiatric hospital in search of an easier stint. Unbeknownst to him, tyrannical Nurse Ratched awaits in this winner of all five major Academy Awards.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, and Will Sampson
Written by: Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey
Directed by: Milos Forman

“Fiddler on the Roof” (1971) from MGM and Park Circus
Sunday, Dec. 13 and Monday, Dec. 14

This joyous, beautiful Oscar-winning musical adaptation of the Broadway legend embraces a love of tradition and family while acknowledging the bittersweet truth of the world as seen through the eyes of Jewish milkman Tevye.

Cast: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, and Molly Picon
Written by: Joseph Stein, based on a series of stories by Sholem Aleichem
Directed by: Norman Jewison

Turner Classic Movies is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world, highlighting the entire spectrum of film history. TCM features the insights from primetime host Ben Mankiewicz, along with hosts Alicia Malone, Dave Karger, and Eddie Muller, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination.

Currently in its 25th year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like “The Essentials,” along with annual programming events like “31 Days of Oscar” in February and “Summer Under the Stars” in August. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through events such as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise, the TCM Big Screen Classics series in partnership with Fathom Events, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, TCM develops a wide range of books about classic film, offers classic movie merchandise online in the TCM Shop, curates quarterly wine shipments with the TCM Wine Club, and hosts a wealth of material at and through the Watch TCM mobile app.

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 1,091 locations and 1,901 screens in 184 DMAs. The company also provides corporations a compelling national footprint for hosting employee meetings, customer rewards events, and new product launches.