Science fiction enthusiasts have something special to look forward to this summer. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its release, the Stanley Kubrick classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” is receiving a special IMAX release hitting select theaters across the country this August.

Beginning August 24th, the IMAX version was restored from the 70mm print by Christopher Nolan and will run for one week in 350 theaters in select cities across the country.

Fans in the cities of Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Toronto have a special opportunity as a special unrestored 70mm version for IMAX will be shown in only one venue per city. This marks the first time this film will be shown in IMAX, and it is highly suggested to act quickly as demand is likely to be high once tickets go on sale on Friday.

Since its debut on April 3, 1968, the film has been praised by critics and fans alike. The film follows the adventures of astronauts Keir Dullia and Gary Lockwood as they journey to Jupiter after a mysterious machine is discovered which affects and alters human evolution. They are joined by a supposedly infallible computer, the HAL 9000 which controls and directs the spacecraft.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Colloquially referred to as “Hal” by the crew, the computer captured the hearts and imaginations of viewers everywhere. The iconic line “Open the pod bay doors, Hal”, is universally known, to the extent of being ranked as No.78 of most iconic movie lines by the American Film Institute in their 2007 list “100 Years…100 Quotes”.

Written and produced by Stanley Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, the film tapped into a cultural fascination with space sweeping the nation. At the time of its release space travel, computers, and artificial intelligence were new and exciting ideas that were still yet to be fully realized in the application.

Released a year before our successful mission to the moon, the idea of a computer-led mission to Jupiter was indicative of the scientific breakthroughs being made, and what were potentially still to come. The clever and unique screenplay, as well as groundbreaking special effects, led to it being nominated for four Academy Awards including best director and best original screenplay.

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The techniques and storytelling devices continue to be lauded highly, leading to its selection in 1991 to be preserved in the National Film Registry. Along with being critically acclaimed, it was an enormous commercial success as well. It was the highest grossing film of 1968 and continues to be a critical and financial success to this day.

Since its release, it has netted over $58 million from re-releases with this IMAX presentation likely to continue to live up to its legacy of financial and critical success. Fifty years later it maintains significance not only in its style but the issues of technology, space travel, artificial intelligence and their respective pros and cons.

This special opportunity will not only commemorate a landmark in American cinema but will provide fans a fresh look at what is considered one of the best films ever made.