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The Beatles: ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ 50th Anniversary Release

The Beatles: 'A Hard Day’s Night' 50th Anniversary Release

50th Anniversary Release of “The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night”

Dir. Richard Lester • U.K. 1964 • Black & White • 1.75:1 • 87 minutes 

New 4K Restoration from the Original Camera Negative

New 5.1 Surround Mix Produced by Giles Martin

Opening in theaters on July 4, 2014 in almost 100 cities

(Scroll to the end of the article for the locations and theaters).

Courtesy of Janus Films

This is a Cheeky, Raucous, Irreverent film that will make most warm-blooded mammals laugh from the first scene, until the last! It is brilliant for a
summer night out!

If you are a film or music fan, you most likely have already seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, however, make a summertime date with the famous Fab Four,
and see it again on the big screen, with the new restoration, at an art house cinema, and you really can’t go wrong.

It is necessary to give accolades to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, because, “if it weren’t for Elvis, there would never have been any Beatles.”
John Lennon had admitted, that from the moment he first learned about Elvis and saw all the attention that he was receiving, he wanted to be just like him.

So although, there is no denying that the Beatles changed music forever, it was really ELVIS who was the King of their inspiration.


For those who have not seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, the Beatles had already been a popular recording act, with several Top 20 hits in the U.K., when
they arrived in NYC to perform on the Ed Sullivan show on February 7, 1964. A record breaking 73 million viewers tuned in, and the British invasion began.

One month later, across the pond, the film was in the works. The music lover and film producer, Walter Shenson, was brought on by United Artists. Shenson,
who had previously worked with Director, Richard Lester, on “The Mouse on the Moon,” mentioned the gist of the project, and Richard jumped at the

However, to receive the final green light, the film had to be true to the way the Beatles actually lived, and scriptwriter, Alun Owen, who wrote the
television play, “No Trams to Lime Street,” which depicted Liverpool, was chosen.

The film begins with the song “A Hard Day’s Night” playing while the Fab Four are running through town trying to make it to the train station on time
before their train departs. Once on board, they start a conversation with an older gentleman, who Paul comments, is his grandfather. John is cheekily
trying to snort a Coke (Coca-Cola) bottle up his nose in the background, and a business man wants the train car his way demanding that the windows be
closed shut. The laughs just continue from there on out, when the boys are flirting with girls, and the grandfather cunningly tells the young women that
the boys are really prisoners. An acoustic version of “I Should Have Known Better” is being played on the train.

Film director, Richard Lester, “relied on improvisation rather than rehearsal, creating a freshness that was clear on-screen.” “Before we started, we knew
that it would be unlikely that they could (a) learn, (b) remember, or (c) deliver with any accuracy a long speech. So the structure of the script had to be
a series of one-liners,” Lester later stated, “This enabled me, in many of the scenes, to turn a camera on them and say a line to them, and they would say
it back to me.”

The result, the bandmates play brilliant, clever, crafty, and smart-alicky versions of themselves.

Lester’s visual style mixed techniques from narrative films, documentary, the French New Wave, and live television to create something that felt, and was,
spontaneous. “I have seen directors who write down a list of scenes for the day, and then sit back in a chair while everything is filmed according to plan.
I can’t do that. I know that good films can be made this way, but it’s not for me. I have to react on the spot. There was very little structure that was
planned except that we knew that we had to punctuate the film with a certain number of songs.”

Recorded at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, London, they cut “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Tell Me Why,” “If I Fell,”
and “I’m Happy Just to Dance with You,” in only three days.

Must See!



Montgomery – Capri Theatre


Anchorage – Bear Tooth Cinema


Tucson – The Loft Cinema


Little Rock – Colonel Glenn 18


Vancouver – Pacific Cinematheque


Bakersfield – Valley Plaza

Berkeley – Rialto Elmwood

Eureka – Eureka Theater

La Mesa – Grossmont Center

Los Angeles – Cinefamily

Malibu – The Malibu Film Society

Modesto – State Theater

Monterey – Osio Cinemas

Mountain View – Century Cinemas 16

Murrieta – Reading Cinemas Cal Oaks

Oxnard – Century RiverPark

Palm Springs – Camelot Theatres

Pasadena – Laemmle Playhouse 7

Sacramento – Tower Theater

San Diego – Gaslamp

San Francisco – Castro Theatre

San Luis Obispo – Palm Theatre

San Rafael – Smith Rafael Film Center

Santa Cruz – Del Mar Theatre


Fort Collins – Lyric Cinema Cafe

Littleton – Alamo Drafthouse


Hartford – Cinestudio

Milford – Connecticut Post 14


Wilmington – Theatre N


Coral Gables – Coral Gables Art Cinema

Jacksonville – Sun-Ray Cinema

Key West – Tropic Cinema

Maitland – Enzian Theatre

Tallahassee – Tallahassee Film Festival


Athens – Ciné

Atlanta – Plaza Theater

Sandy Springs – LeFont Theaters


Honolulu – Kahala 8

Maui – Kaahumanu 6


Champaign – The Art Theater

Chicago – Music Box Theater

Downer’s Grove – Tivoli at Downer’s Grove

Normal – Normal Theater

Peoria – Landmark Cinemas


Fort Wayne – Cinema Center


Des Moines – Fleur Cinema

Iowa City – FilmScene


Lawrence – Liberty Hall


Lexington – Kentucky Theater

Louisville – Baxter 8


Baton Rouge – Cinemark Perkins Rowe

New Orleans – The Prytania Theatre


Waterville – Maine Film Festival


Baltimore – The Senator

Hanover – Cinemark Egyptian 24


Amherst – Amherst Cinema

Brookline – Coolidge Corner Theatre

Cape Cod – Cape Cinema

Danvers – Hollywood Hits

Gloucester – Cape Ann Community Cinema

Martha’s Vineyard – Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

Williamstown – Images Cinema


Ann Arbor – Michigan Theater

City of Detroit Outdoor Screenings

Detroit – Cinema Detroit

Kalamazoo – Alamo Drafthouse

Manistee – The Vogue Theatre

Traverse City – State Theatre


Duluth – Zinema 2

Minneapolis – St. Anthony Main Theatre


Columbia – Ragtag Cinema

Kansas City – Tivoli Cinemas

Springfield – Moxie Cinema

St. Louis – Chase Park Plaza


Missoula – The Roxy Theater


Kearney – The World Theatre

Lincoln – Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

Omaha – Film Streams

Wayne – The Majestic


Sparks – Century Sparks


Concord – Red River Theatre

Wilton – Town Hall Theatre


Asbury Park – The ShowRoom

Manville – Reading Cinemas Manville


Albuquerque – The Guild Cinema


Amherst – Screening Room Cinemas

Binghamton – The Art Mission & Theater

New York City – Film Forum

Pelham – The Picture House

Pleasantville – Jacob Burns Film Center

Rochester – George Eastman House

Rosendale – Rosendale Theatre

West Hampton – Performing Arts Center


Asheville – Carolina Cinemas

Cornelius – Studio C Cinema

Raleigh – Raleigh Grande

Winston-Salem – A/perture Cinema


Akron – The Nightlight Cinema

Cleveland – Cleveland Museum of Art

Columbus – Wexner Center for the Arts

Dayton – The Neon

Toledo – Franklin Park 16


Oklahoma City – Museum of Art

Tulsa – Circle Cinema


Kingston – The Screening Room

Toronto – Cineplex Cinemas Yonge & Dundas

Waterloo – Princess Cinemas


Portland – Hollywood Theater


Bethlehem – ArtsQuest

Bryn Mawr – Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Erie – Film at the Erie Art Museum

Lewisburg – Campus Theatre

Milford – Black Bear Film Festival

Philadelphia – International House

Phoenixville – The Colonial Theatre

Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Filmmakers


Montreal – Cinema Cineplex Forum


Newport – Jane Pickens

Providence – Cable Car Cinema


Charleston – Terrace Theater


Sioux Falls – Century East at Dawley Farm


Memphis – indieMemphis

Nashville – Belcourt Theatre


Austin – Alamo Drafthouse

Dallas – Angelika Film Center

El Paso – Plaza Classic Film Festival

Fort Worth – Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Houston – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

New Braunfels – Alamo Marketplace

Plano – Angelika Plano

San Antonio – Alamo Westlake


Salt Lake City – Tower Cinema


Ashburn – Alamo One Loudoun

Fairfax – Angelika Mosaic

Norfolk – Naro Cinema

Williamsburg – Kimball Theatre

Winchester – Alamo Drafthouse


Bellevue – Lincoln Square Cinemas

Bellingham – Pickford Film Center

Camas – Liberty Theater

Langley – The Clyde Theatre

Olympia – Capitol Theater

Port Townsend – Rose Theatre

Seattle – SIFF Cinema

Tacoma – Grand Cinema

Spokane – Bing Crosby Cinema>

Vancouver – Kiggins Theatre


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