George A. Romero’s Horror Classic “Dawn Of The Dead” Returns to the Big Screen This Weekend to Celebrate its 45th Anniversary

New Amsterdam Entertainment Inc.® is proud to announce George A. Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ will be celebrating the 45th Anniversary of its North American debut with a blow-out celebration event! The definitive zombie classic returns to both Theatres and Drive-Ins for screenings across the U.S. and Canada, with most theaters welcoming the film back to the big screen starting at midnight tonight, April 12! In addition, there are very special official anniversary collectables coming from FRIGHT-RAGS and ISH! The previously announced big-screen return has updated and revised the listings, which can be found at at the links below!




Merch from Fright-Rags:

The North American gala premiere of ‘Dawn of the Dead’ took place on April 12, 1979 at the Gateway Theatre in downtown Pittsburgh. The film began the official U.S. theatrical launch the following day, eventually rolling out across the country. To honor this special milestone, New Amsterdam Entertainment Inc.® is making the movie available again in theatres & drive-ins for coast-to-coast screenings starting April 12, 2024 and running through to the end of May! The 2-D trailer can be found HERE.

Hitting over 90 screens across North America, Independent Theatres and Drive-Ins have joined the celebration. While some will only host one exclusive screening event, others will have multiple showings throughout April and May.

With special assistance from United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association, for the first time in decades, many fans will be able to watch ‘Dawn of the Dead’ under the stars at several ozoners like the classic Midway Drive-In in Sterling, IL, and at a special Exhumed Films event at the world famous Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton, PA!

The mighty Alamo Drafthouse will be fulfilling thousands of audience requests by unleashing it into 34 of their cinemas across the country and die-hard fans will finally be able to again watch the movie in its premiere city of Pittsburgh, this time at the Row House Theatre! The film will be screened all across North America in historical venues including places like the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA, where the original version of ‘The Blob’ was filmed in 1958!

Meanwhile, The Music Box Theatre in Chicago will present special single showings of both the 2-D and 3-D editions later in May! Stereoscopic fans will also be able to catch it in 3-D at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis, MO, where hopefully they won’t have to hunker down to survive a zombie apocalypse! St. Louis is not the only city that is taking the film back to its primary setting; through special arrangement, Cinemark Theatres will be exclusively presenting ‘Dawn of the Dead’ for One-Night-Only on Friday April 12th…at the MONROEVILLE MALL!

There’s no more room in Hell and the Dead are finally returning…to Canada!

It’s going to be a zombie-rollicking good time across the States, and Canada need not worry!

For horror fans up North, decades worth of scary prayers are about to be answered with big screen showings of the original theatrical edition, Romero’s official final Director’s Cut, at Independent Canadian Movie Houses and Festivals in 2-D as it first played in 1979. Plus, over 15 years after producer Richard P. Rubinstein first announced it was happening, on April 12th, the genuinely excellent 3-D conversion of George A. Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ will finally make its Canadian premier at the Cinéma Du Parc Theatre in Montreal!

That’s not all as no party is complete without party favors! For this celebration, New Amsterdam Entertainment Inc.® is joining forces with the highly respected fan favorites FRIGHT-RAGS and Justin Ishmael / ISH to create special edition 45th Anniversary ‘Dawn of the Dead’ collectables! On March 12th, ISH will be releasing the absolutely beautiful, official 45th Anniversary artwork they commissioned from the amazingly talented artist Paul Mann in a limited edition hand screen-printed poster on their website at:

Also on March 12th, FRIGHT-RAGS will be offering an official 45th Anniversary Trading Card Set along with two 45th Anniversary T-Shirts, with the first featuring Paul Mann’s superb artwork (commissioned by ISH) and the second being a beautiful reproduction of the original vintage Dawn of the Dead Cast & Crew production shirt! Fans will be able to find the cards and shirts on FRIGHT-RAGS’ site here:

DAWN OF THE DEAD in Theatres, at Drive-Ins, on Posters, Trading Cards & T-Shirts?!

Romero’s zombies are rising again for a great 45th Anniversary Party to remember!