I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the King of Monsters’ 67th birthday than with a series of Godzilla anniversary screenings. If you’re in the mood to party with the God of Destruction, you’ll want to be at an Alamo Drafthouse on November 3rd. Alamo is partnering with Janus Films for this special event. Together, they’ll be bringing a new 4K remastering of Toho’s Godzilla (Gojira) to select theater locations across the United States.
Where can you get in on this action? I’m glad you asked. This special anniversary event is happening at over two dozen Drafthouse locations, including places like New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The screenings and anniversary celebrations will continue at select locations from November 5-11, with a double feature comprised of Yoshimitsu Banno’s Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), and Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s Shin Godzilla (2016). Then, beginning on the 12th, specific Alamo Drafthouse locations will host two classics of the Heisei era, which have never been seen before in American cinemas: The Gojira sequel The Return of Godzilla (1984) and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989).
“Godzilla continues its reign as King of the Monsters, transcending mere entertainment icons and embodying emotions and social issues reflective of the times,” said Toho’s Chief Godzilla Officer, Keiji Ota. “It is timely that we introduce the world to this first 4K version of the original Godzilla film to honor the legacy of this globally recognized symbol to the strongest fanbase in the world.”
“Toho’s enduring cast of kaiju creations have been lighting up Alamo Drafthouse screens for almost 25 years, so we were honored to help plan Godzilla’s birthday party,” added Alamo Drafthouse Senior Film Programmer, John Smith. “It’s been a thrill to partner with Toho on the 4K premiere and our Happy Birthday, Godzilla deep dive into some of the best work that Toho has ever produced.”
Everyone knows that Godzilla is a legend among movie monsters, and these Godzilla anniversary screenings sound like a hell of a way to celebrate the big guy for his 67th birthday. If you plan on going, be sure to get your proof of vaccination documents in order because I hear that most cinemas will require proof before you enter. Oh, and don’t forget your party hats!