“Ben-Hur” will return to theaters this April in a celebration of the film’s 60th anniversary, Forbes reports.
The screenings will take place in more than 600 theaters nationwide over two days, Sunday, April 14, 2019, and Wednesday, April 17, 2019, as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ joint Big Screen Classics Series.
“Ben-Hur,” the epic story of a Jewish prince, played by Charlton Heston, who is enslaved by his childhood friend and swears to get revenge, was originally released in 1959.
With 300 sets, nine sound stages and a budget of $15.175 million, it was the biggest film production of its time. It became the highest and fastest-growing film of the year with a profit of $20.41 million, and won a record-setting 11 Academy Awards, remaining tied with “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” to this day.
At the time of the film’s release, Heston was a prominent Democrat and endorsed several of their candidates for president, but later became a Republican and eventually president of the National Rifle Association.
Tickets are available online at Fathom Events and at participating theater box offices.