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Classic ‘Twilight Zone’ Coming to Theaters for 60th Anniversary

One of television’s all-time great series, ‘The Twilight Zone,’ is coming to theaters in time for the program’s 60th anniversary.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (9/27/19) for showings of Rod Serling’s classic The Twilight Zone. If you’re a fan, this might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

That’s because the series is being shown on the big screen in theaters nationwide.

The event celebrates the program’s 60th anniversary. It will feature six digitally-restored versions of the series’ most famous episodes. More on that in a moment.

Along with the classic episodes, it will also feature a new documentary called Remembering Rod Serling, a tribute to its visionary creator.

In 2016, I posted a list of my 10 favorite episodes. It turns out four of the episodes being shown made my list. That may mean I need to attend!

Here are the six shows that are part of the big event:

  • ‘Walking Distance’ – This one ranks very high on my list. It’s about an ad executive who feels the need to get away. He learns you can’t go home again, though he almost makes it.
  • ‘Time Enough at Last’ – Burgess Meredith is a bookish bank teller who just wants to curl up with a book might be one of the series’ most famous. He ends up getting all the time he needs…until that trademark twist.
  • ‘The Invaders’ – This one didn’t make my list, though it’s creatively told. It turns out this story about little men from outer space isn’t at all what we think it is. This one should have begun a warning: Never assume. Agnes Moorehead, who you probably remember as Samantha’s mother on Bewitched, acts without saying a single word.
  • ‘The Monsters are Due on Maple Street’ – In our xenophobic world, there’s something eerily disturbing about this one. It’s a different kind of space invasion, but in this episode, mankind turns out to be its own worst enemy.
  • ‘Eye of the Beholder’ – This one didn’t make my list, either, but it’s still an episode I like a lot. We follow a patient trapped in gauze waiting to learn the results of her final reconstructive surgery. By the time the twist is shown, you may have already begun to suspect what was amiss. It’s set in a hospital in a futuristic world where everyone is supposed to conform to the same standards.
  • ‘To Serve Man’ – This one is another of my favorites. It features a military coding expert with a unique assignment. He must figure out what a book left behind by a visiting alien really states. They crack the title, To Serve Man, but unfortunately for him, they’re a bit late in translating its contents.

Mark your calendars!

It’s a one-day event set for November 14. You can find tickets and the theaters where the celebration will be shown here.

I’m beginning to hope there’ll be a showing near me.

In the meantime, technically, the actual anniversary is much sooner. The Twilight Zone premiered on CBS on October 2, 1959.

Serling himself reportedly chose “The Invaders” and “Time Enough at Last” as his favorites. That certainly explains why they’re on the list.

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