‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Will Return to Theaters in Honor of Its 50th Anniversary

Film nerds, rejoice!


For the first time in 50 years, cinephiles can enjoy Stanley Kubrick‘s definitive masterpiece—2001: A Space Odyssey—as the director intended. 

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Warner Bros. is rolling out the original 70mm print of the movie in several select locations. Screenings will commence May 18th.

“For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits,” Warner Bros. said in a statement.

The “unrestored” re-release will follow a screening of the same 70mm version at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will be introduced by Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan.

“I’m delighted that 2001: A Space Odyssey will be reissued in 70mm, and that Cannes has chosen to honor it,” Kubrick’s wife, Christiane, said in a statement. 

“If Stanley were alive today, we know he would be in admiration of the films of Christopher Nolan. And so, on behalf of Stanley’s family, I would personally like to thank Christopher for supporting his film.”

A new restoration of the film will be released for the home entertainment market later in 2018.