Peter Jackson’s Highly Anticipated WWI Documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” Receives Special U.S. Release December 17 and 27 Presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Fathom Events

Tickets on Sale November 16 for This Two-Night Theatrical Event,
Featuring an Introduction from World-Renowned Filmmaker Peter Jackson
and Followed by a Special Piece on the Creation of this Trailblazing

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fathom Events has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring Academy
Award winner Peter Jackson’s poignant WWI documentary “They Shall Not
Grow Old
” to movie theaters across the U.S. on Monday, December 17,
with an encore presentation on Thursday, December 27. The film is
presented in 2D and RealD™ 3D, and tickets go on sale on Friday,
November 16, at
and participating theater box offices.

Jackson recorded a special introduction to the film—which he has called
his most personal—offering his perspective on why the film is important
for audiences, who have never experienced WWI footage as anything but
grainy black & white…and silent. In “They Shall Not Grow Old,” Jackson
opens a window to the past in a way that has never been seen or heard
before, noting, “Restoration is a humanizing process.” The screening
will be immediately followed by special content offering firsthand
insights into what went into this groundbreaking feat of research,
filmmaking and storytelling.

The acclaimed documentary is an extraordinary look at the soldiers and
events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now
presented as the world has never seen. By utilizing state-of-the-art
restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600
hours of BBC archival interviews, Jackson puts forth an intensely
gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices
of the British soldiers who lived it.

“We knew that partnering with Warner Bros. to bring this extraordinary
documentary to U.S. audiences was essential,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray
Nutt. “Putting this documentary on the big screen via the Fathom network
will further illuminate Jackson’s work and allow moviegoers to see the
impressive visual detail of the restored footage as though they were a
part of that moment in time.”

Carolyn Blackwood, President and Chief Content Officer, New Line Cinema
and executive producer on “The Hobbit” Trilogy stated, “This documentary
is simply special on every level – it is an arresting and gripping way
to humanize and honor those who served so bravely during WWI by using
actual footage shot at the time and narrated with the voices of the
soldiers who experienced it. Leave it to Peter to come up with a
groundbreaking way to reflect back on a period in history that deserves
another look.”

Jeff Goldstein, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros.
Pictures, said, “With this being the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day,
I can’t imagine a more appropriate time to honor the courage of the
soldiers who fought in WWI – what was then ‘the war to end all wars’ –
many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Peter has made history come
alive through the medium of film, and we are so pleased to be a part of
bringing his vision to today’s audiences.”

About Fathom Events

Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with theater
locations in all top 100 DMAs® (Designated Market Areas) and ranks as
one of the largest overall theater content distributors. Owned by AMC
Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom Events offers a variety of
unique entertainment events in movie theaters such as live performances
of the Metropolitan Opera, top Broadway stage productions, major
sporting events, epic concerts, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics
series, inspirational events and popular anime franchises. Fathom Events
takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras including audience
Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the
ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live Digital Broadcast Network
(“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America,
bringing live and pre-recorded events to 975 locations and 1,578 screens
in 181 DMAs. The company also provides corporations a compelling
national footprint for hosting employee meetings, customer rewards
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About “They Shall Not Grow Old”

The film was directed by Peter Jackson and edited by Jabez Olssen. It
was produced by Jackson under his WingNut Films banner, and Clare
Olssen, and executive produced by Ken Kamins and Tessa Ross, under her
House Productions banner. Commissioned by the UK’s 14-18 NOW Arts
Program, Imperial War Museums and BBC, it is being distributed by Warner
Bros. Pictures.

About Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson produced, co-wrote and directed his screen adaptation of
J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy, which earned a total
of 30 Academy Award nominations and won 17, including Best Picture in
2004 for “The Return of the King.” In 2010, he wrote, directed and
produced his trilogy adaptation of “The Hobbit,” which gathered a total
of seven Academy Award nominations.

About 14-18 NOW

14-18 NOW is a program of arts experiences connecting people with the
First World War, as part of the UK’s official centenary commemorations.
It commissions new work by leading contemporary artists across all art
forms; the program has included over 200 artists from 35 countries, with
commissions taking place in 160 locations across the UK.

About IWM

IWM (Imperial War Museums) has five branches in England. Their unique
collections tell the story of people who have lived, fought and died in
conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World


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