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'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'The Shawshank Redemption' Returning to Theaters in September

'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'The Shawshank Redemption' Returning to Theaters in September

Two all-time classic films are returning to more than 600 theaters nationwide this September courtesy of Fathom Events. Director David Lean’s landmark 1962 movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ will screen on September 1st and 4th, with showings at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Director Frank Darabont’s 1994 classic ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ will screen on September 22nd, 24th, and 25th, with showings at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

‘Lawrence of Arabia’ stars Peter O'Toole in his career-making performance as audacious World War 1 British army officer T.E Lawrence. It won seven Oscars at the 35th Academy Awards, including for Best Picture. In 1991, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry. In 2012, the Motion Picture Editors Guild listed the film as the seventh best-edited film of all time based on a survey of its membership.

The digital print of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ will be presented in 4K utilizing 8K scans of the original 65mm negative. The picture was painstakingly restored, removing any damage, deterioration and fading that had accumulated over the past 50 years. It will be accompanied by remastered 5.1 audio and presented in its original 2.20 aspect ratio along with the original overture and intermission.

‘The Shawshank Redemption’ was adapted from a 1982 Stephen King novella titled Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. The film stars Morgan Freeman as Red, serving a life sentence for murder, and Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne, a mild-mannered banker wrongly convicted of murder.

Despite receiving positive reviews upon its release, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ was a box office disappointment, earning only $16 million during its initial theatrical run. Many reasons were cited for its failure at the time, from confusion about the title to competition from films such as ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Forrest Gump’. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1995, winning none. In 2015, it was selected by the United States Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Darabont responded to the accolade by stating, "I can think of no greater honor than for ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ to be considered part of our country's cinematic legacy."

Both cinematic events will include exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies. Tickets for the screenings are available via the Fathom Events website and at participating theater box offices.

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