• 'The Muppet Movie' returning to theaters for limited 40th anniversary screenings

    By: Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    The Muppets are returning to theaters, but not for a new feature film.

    CNN reported that “The Muppet Movie,” the first full-length film starring Jim Henson’s felt puppets, is returning to select theaters in July for its 40th anniversary.

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    Released in 1979, the film follows Kermit the Frog heading to Hollywood for stardom after being discovered in a Florida swamp by a talent agent. Along the way, he befriends Fozzie Bear and connects with Miss Piggy, Cozo and his chicken, Camilla, and Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem.

    The Oscar-nominated movie, Entertainment Weekly reported, also includes appearances by live-action actors Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman and Orson Welles.

    “‘The Muppet Movie' is a cinematic treasure, a delightful film that may have been made 40 years ago but is truly timeless, thanks both to its iconic characters and to its always-stirring theme of following your dreams and believing in your own abilities,” Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said in a statement. “This film’s return to the big screen is very well deserved and we are happy to work with The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures to give it a proper nationwide re-release.”

    Only 700 theaters will be screening the movie, and it will only be back for two days: July 25 and 30. Screenings will be at 12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time at participating theaters.

    Find a theater near you for the screening at FathomEvents.com.



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