Jim Henson’s Epic Fantasy “The Dark Crystal” Returns to Theaters on Four Dates

Fans of the 1982 fantasy classic “The Dark Crystal” can enjoy the adventure on the big screen as the film makes a rare return to theaters on four upcoming dates: Sunday, February 25, Wednesday, February 28, Saturday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 6.

Follow the iconic journey of Jen, an elf-like creature called a Gelfling, who is tasked with healing the Dark Crystal by finding its missing shard. Jen must complete the mission before the planet Thra’s three suns align or else the malevolent Skeksis will rule forever. What may sound like gibberish is the plot of what was then a milestone in fantasy filmmaking.

Co-directed by The Muppets creator Jim Henson and Frank Oz (Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and produced by Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back), it’s been 35 years since The Dark Crystal became the year’s 16th highest-grossing film in North America, competing at the time with “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, according to Forbes.

Put on by Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures, The Dark Crystal will play on nearly 700 screens nationwide, including Cinemark 14 Long Beach and Edwards Long Beach Stadium. Visit the link here for local tickets.

Each screening will include a brand-new featurette with Lisa Henson, CEO and president of The Jim Henson Company, who speaks on the making of the one-of-a-kind film and its creative legacy. Following its theatrical presentation, The Dark Crystal will debut on 4K Ultra HD and return to Blu-ray and digital on March 6 from Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to Fathom.

It’s also worth noting that a prequel to the fantasy classic will premier on Netflix come 2019, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, when 50 years before the film, three young Gelflings will rebel after discovering a terrible secret.

For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website here.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.