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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Specht

80th Anniversary Screenings of "Gone With the Wind" for Two Days Only

Marking its 80th anniversary, one of the most popular and iconic films of all time returns to the big screen to mark the milestone of its 80th anniversary. Warner Bros. and Fathom Events present Gone With The Wind, back in cinemas for two days only on Thursday, February 28, and Sunday, March 3. The cinematic epic will play twice each day, once at 1 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. (local time).

Produced during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the film was one of the most anticipated movies ever made. Since its release in 1939, GWTW has been the highest grossing film of all time. Its original $3.9 million budget made it the second most-expensive movie up to that point. And with an inflation-adjusted domestic gross of more than $1.8 billion, its financial earnings will never, NEVER be beat. Ticket per ticket, GWTW has out sold its nearest competitor by more than double. That's right... WAY more than Avatar or any Spielberg film. In addition to its popularity, the film received 10 Academy Awards (eight competitive Oscars and two honorary awards).

The epic undertaking of the production is legendary. Not only was there a nationwide search for the actress who would play the headstrong Scarlett, but there was also much speculation on who would be cast in the other main roles. According to legend, Clark Gable was the one and only choice for the character of the dashing Rhett Butler. Producer David O. Selznick eventually settle on Leslie Howard as Ashley (even though he was much too old for the role). And of course, Hattie McDaniel would famously go on to win the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first African American to ever win an Oscar in any category.

At nearly four hours, Gone With The Wind was the longest film ever to win the Oscar for Best Picture. It's particularly impressive that it won for Best Picture in 1939, since it was up against the strongest competitors of all time, including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stagecoach, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame among a total of twelve films. And it really holds up even after 80 years. So, if you haven't seen, you've got to see it on the big screen. Not on your TV, computer or (god forbid) your cell phone. It's one of those films you just heave to see the way it was meant to b seen - in a movie theater!

Tickets for Gone With The Wind can be purchased at or participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in hundreds of select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

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