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David Lynch’s Blue Velvet Returns To Cinemas For 30th Anniversary

This year, David Lynch's Blue Velvet celebrates its 30th anniversary and the milestone is being celebrated with a return to cinemas in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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This year, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet celebrates its 30th anniversary and the milestone is being celebrated with a return to cinemas in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Blue Velvet by David Lynch (1986)

The 1986 film noir will open for a week run at Film Forum in New York City from March 25th through March 31st 2016. Other anniversary screenings of the DCP restoration are yet to be announced, and a U.K. reissue is expected in Autumn 2016.

UPDATE: I previously mentioned a newly restored version would be screened, but Park Circus Films confirmed to me it’s an existing digital print from their archives. Still awesome!

Blue Velvet 30th Anniversary Screenings

CountryCity / TownCinemaDate
AustraliaSydneySydney ChauvelFri 07 Oct
CanadaKingstonThe Screening RoomThu 29 Sep
ChinaBeijingChina Film ArchiveSun 18 Sep – Fri 23 Sep
FranceStrasbourgCinema OdysseeWed 24 Aug – Tue 20 Sep
GreeceAthensAthens International Film FestivalThu 22 Sep – Thu 06 Oct
SwitzerlandZurichFilmpodium der Stadt ZurichMon 17 Oct – Sat 12 Nov
USAAmblerAmbler Theater, Ambler, PAThu 15 Sep
USACaryThe Cary Theater, Cary, NCSat 17 Sep
USADetroitRedford 1, Detroit, MIFri 23 Sep – Sun 25 Sep
USAIthacaCornell Cinema, Ithaca, NYThu 29 Sep – Sat 01 Oct
USAJuneauGold Town Theater, Juneau, AKSat 17 Sep – Tue 20 Sep
USALittle RockCALS Ron Robinson Theater, Little Rock, ARFri 16 Sep
USAMilwaukeeLandmark Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee, WIWed 05 Oct
USAPrincetonPrinceton Garden Theatre, Princeton, NJThu 15 Sep
USASan FranciscoCastro TheatreThu 15 Sep
USASilver SpringAFI Silver TheatreFri 07 Oct – Fri 14 Oct
USAYelmYelm Cinemas, Yelm, WAMon 19 Sep

Blue Velvet 30th Anniversary Rerelease Trailer

“Heineken?! F**k that sh**t! Pabst Blue Ribbon!”  Aaah! An azure sky; glistening red tulips along a white picket fence; a stalwart fireman, his Dalmatian beside him, waves from a fire truck moving in slo-mo; a crossing guard directs school kids; a woman sips tea in front of the TV while her husband waters their manicured lawn – all in gorgeous color & Scope, accompanied by the oh-so-soothing voice of Bobby Vinton singing the title tune. But wait. Now the hose is caught – is the man having a stroke?!  And why are we power-diving into the earth and seeing those disgusting bugs, in ultra-close-up?! Oh, wait a minute, this is a David Lynch film. So, here’s a tip for all-American square Kyle MacLachlan: Don’tcheck out the rotting, ant-infested severed ear in the grass. And, even though you’ve got this thing for mysterious “Blue Lady” Isabella Rossellini, Don’t hide in her bedroom closet in hopes of sneaking a peak. But this is a Lynch movie, so its depiction of idyllic “Lumberton, U.S.A.” shows its dark underside of sexual violence, kidnapping, murder, and karaoke, and, in Dennis Hopper’s amyl-nitrite-snorting Frank booth, one of the most dangerous, repellent, and magnetic psychopaths ever to haunt the screen, while Laura Dern, in her first major role, incarnates the girl next door as extremely as Hopper does in essaying pure slime. Controversial from its premiere, Velvet polarized critics like no other movie, with a thumbs-downing from normal champion of the offbeat Roger Ebert, but with Boston, L.A., and National Film Critics awarding it, the Academy nominating Lynch for Best Director, and an anointing by Pauline Kael, who hailed its “charged erotic atmosphere” and “aural-visual humor and poetry.” DCP restoration. Approx. 120 mins.

Blue Velvet 30th Anniversary Poster

Blue Velvet: 30th anniversary release

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What's your response to this?


  1. One of the greatest, most influential movies ever made about the darkness that lurks beneath the Norman Rockwell exterior of America.

  2. Rob B. says:

    “Look at that clock. Five minutes from now, you’re not going to believe what I’ve told you.” 🙂

  3. Bradley J. Kornish says:

    It was beautiful, I saw the original in 86′ in California several times, but I could swear this time (saw it outside of Denver at the Alamo in Littleton, CO) It was even richer – I noticed several things I hadn’t seen before. I also got a deeper feel for the movie than I do when I watch at home which made me realize just how much this movie has influenced my writing – I would say rush out to see it is you can – bjk

  4. Corey says:

    I just went to one of the screenings a few days ago and it was actually my first time seeing the film! Loved it! I can definitely see the elements Lynch later used in Twin Peaks.

  5. MR3 says:

    Playing at The Castro Theatre, San Francisco, in September.

  6. Ivan H says:

    Screening at Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico. Sat 10 Sep 8:00 pm – Sun 11 Sep 6:00 pm

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