It may be two decades later, but you can still have the time of your life! Lionsgate and National CineMedia's Fathom are bringing Dirty Dancing back to the big screen- with brand new 35mm prints with enhanced picture and sound - in a special event on May 1 & 2, 2007 to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary. Theatergoers will be treated to a never-before-seen, 20-minute exclusive look inside Dirty Dancing featuring a collection of interviews from key people who brought the film to life, a look back on the impact of this modern classic and a glimpse into the Dirty Dancing London stage production.
This exclusive two-night-only event will be presented in over 300 AMC and Regal Entertainment Group movie theatres across the United States at 7:30 p.m. local time. Tickets are on sale now at participating movie theatre box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com for $10.00. For a complete list of theatre locations, please visit the Web site (theatres are subject to change). Tickets have been selling fast, so fans are advised to purchase tickets in advance to ensure that they don't miss out on this special anniversary celebration.
The theatrical event is part of a 20th anniversary celebration that features the May 1&2 feature film release, a 20th anniversary home entertainment re-release featuring a DVD special edition and Blu-Ray disc, a remastered companion CD from Sony/BMG, a full licensing and merchandising program, and the stage play's continued march across several continents, setting box office records in the process. Lionsgate is an investor in the stage play and also launched the eight-episode "Dirty Dancing: The Reality Show" television show on the WE Network.
First released in 1987, Dirty Dancing redefined date movies and continues to captivate the hearts and minds of generations of fans, generating more than $170 million in worldwide box office receipts and selling more than 10 million DVDs. Starring Jennifer Grey (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) as "Baby" Houseman and Patrick Swayze (Ghost) as the sexy Johnny Castle, Dirty Dancing is the story of a naive girl who meets an experienced dance instructor and becomes his pupil in dance and love. The Oscar-winning film (Best Music, Original Song) was recently named one of the Top 10 Date Movies of all time, according to an E! Entertainment Television poll of industry executives and celebrities. Thanks to this 20th anniversary event, both old and new fans nationwide now have a chance to see this classic on the big screen.
Dirty Dancing remains one of the most popular films in Lionsgate's 10,000- title library and is one of the most enduring modern classics in feature film and home entertainment history.
The Dirty Dancing 20th Anniversary Edition DVD, being released on May 8th, is highlighted by Patrick Swayze's first-ever DVD participation with the new filmed interview "Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze," and also features deleted and alternate scenes, original screen tests, outtakes, a tribute to Jerry Orbach and much more.
The celebration continues when Sony/BMG releases a newly re-mastered anniversary edition of the film's soundtrack with a bonus DVD containing the five music videos from the soundtrack also on May 8th. The bonus DVD also includes a photo gallery with rare behind-the-scenes photos of the making of the film and an exclusive karaoke version of the Oscar-winning song "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life."
The Dirty Dancing stage musical continues to set box office records around the world. After enjoying enthusiastic acclaim in Australia and selling out theatres in Germany for nearly a year in advance, it recently premiered in London, where it set the UK record for pre-opening ticket sales, and currently has a growing advance of more than $30 million. On the heels of that success, the Toronto production of "Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage" is scheduled for its North American premiere at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, where it just achieved a record-breaking $1.65 million in first day ticket sales for its November 2007 opening there. The production is then scheduled to open in the Netherlands in March 2008, with a tour of the United States also kicking off in 2008.
For the latest news on Dirty Dancing's 20th Anniversary, visit www.DirtyDancing.com.