“The Shawshank Redemption” — one of the most popular movies of all time, according to IMDB — is making its way back to U.S. theaters this fall. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, “Shawshank” will be back on the silver screen in select theaters Sept. 22, 24 and 25.
This ’90s movie tells a tale of the irrepressible strength of the human spirit. In it, Red — played by the incomparable Morgan Freeman — is serving a life prison sentence. While there, he forges a bond with Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins), a calm banker who has been wrongly convicted of murder. They become friends and spend 20 years together behind bars, helping each other survive.
According to Fathom Events , the screenings will incorporate exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.
Tickets are now on sale, and the Fathom Events site allows you to search for which theaters will be hosting their own screenings.
The growing popularity of “The Shawshank Redemption” after its release in 1994 wasn’t typical. The film actually wasn’t a big hit at the box office. Even so, Warner Brothers took a risk that ended up paying off. They shipped 300,000 copies of the movie to VHS video stores nationwide in 1995 and, inexplicably, people began renting it like crazy. It remains one of the most rented movies of all time!
These days, it’s hard to believe “The Shawshank Redemption” didn’t even hit the $1 million mark in its opening weekend. In fact, it struggled to recoup its $25 million budget and, if it weren’t for that video store release, we wouldn’t be talking about it today.
The movie is now available to stream on several services, but none are offering it for free along with your subscription fees. Instead, you’ll have to splurge $3.99 to watch it on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Prime and Google Play. So why not save those few dollars and get a ticket to see it on the big screen in September?
We can’t wait to see Red and Andy together again on the silver screen this fall!