Fiddle-dee-dee! Gone With the Wind is returning to the silver screen for its 80th anniversary.
Warner Bros. and Fathom Events will show the sweeping 1939 epic film in participating locations for two days only – Thursday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. both days.
Sure, you’ve seen the movie on cable during the holidays, but nothing can really capture its amazing costumes and sets like seeing it on the big screen.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the movie has earned $1.8 billion in its 80 years – even with domestic gross adjusted for inflation.
Written by Margaret Mitchell, the book published in 1936 and was a best seller that year and again in 1937 – during the Great Depression when money was tight. Only the Bible out sold “Gone with the Wind.”
Warner Bros. released the movie in 1939 with an over-the-top premier in Atlanta. The lights were so bright at the Loew’s Grand Theater, people could see them light up the sky miles away in the Georgia countryside.
Scarlett O’Hara is a spoiled daughter of a plantation owner who loses everything during the war and struggles to survive with post-war poverty. Rhett Butler is a blockade runner who makes money off the war and has said from the jump the South would lose.
Mitchell described her main character as working for survival, not necessarily a love story.
If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book – the portrayal of slaves or African-Americans is awful – racial epithets are used.
To find if Gone with the Wind is returning to the big screen in your area, visit Fathom Events.