In celebration of the 60th anniversary of one of TV’s greatest series of all time, Fathom Events and CBS are teaming up to present episodes of The Twilight Zone in a way they’ve never been seen before: On the big screen. For the first time ever (except for the 1983 feature film), The Twilight Zone will screen in movie theaters nationwide, for one day only, on Nov. 14. The event will include six of the best-known episodes of the series, as well as a new documentary short, entitled “Remembering Rod Serling.” Tickets and more information will be available via Fathom Events on Sept. 27.
The episodes presented on Nov. 14 will be digitally restored versions of those originally aired between 1959 and 1964, with titles that will be quite familiar to lovers of Rod Serling’s quintessential American sci-fi anthology series. All in all, “The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration” will take place in more than 600 theaters nationwide.
The episodes being screened include these fan-favorites, although we would have put in a good word for “The Howling Man” or “The Obsolete Man.”
“Walking Distance” – Busy and stressed out, Martin Sloan (Gig Young) is a Madison Avenue executive who stops his car at a gas station that isn’t far from the small town where he grew up. Martin decides to walk to Homewood, which he left 25 years ago, where he meets his 11-year-old self, his parents … and learns about the dark side of nostalgia. (Original airdate: Oct. 30, 1959)
“Time Enough at Last” – Henry Bemis (Burgess Meredith) loves to read. The only problem is, he can find neither the time nor the place for it, and he’s harangued by his boss and his wife for his passion. As sneaks into the bank vault for some reading time, there’s a massive nuclear explosion. With the world gone, Harry has nothing but reading time. There’s just one catch. (Original airdate: Nov. 20, 1959)
“The Invaders” – An elderly woman (Agnes Moorhead) who lives alone a ramshackle farmhouse hears noises on her roof. When she investigates, she finds what seems to be a flying saucer, and from it emerge two small robots who seem bent on her destruction. She fights them off and destroys their ship, unaware of their true nature. (Original airdate: Jan. 27, 1961)
“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” – On a pleasant day, the residents of Maple Street are disturbed by a noise and a tremor. Unsure what to make of it, when young Tommy tells them a story he read about an alien invasion, paranoia descends upon the once-tranquil neighborhood, revealing an unsettling truth about the fragility of humanity. (Original airdate: March 4, 1960)
“Eye of the Beholder” – Janet Tyler (Maxine Stewart) does not look like everyone else. A horrible disfigurement has traumatized her all her life, and now on her 11th trip to the hospital, her bandages will soon come off. It this surgery to make her “normal” doesn’t work, she will be segregated for life with other afflicted people. The moment of truth is at hand. (Original airdate: Nov. 11, 1960)
“To Serve Man” – Michael Chambers (Lloyd Bochner) recounts recent events on earth following the arrival of an alien spacecraft. Its occupants seem benevolent, and offer to share technology to provide limitless energy and cure all diseases. Chambers, an encryption specialist, is suspicious, particularly as he examines a book the aliens have left behind. (Original airdate: March 2, 1962)