The Muppet Movie Returning to the Big Screen for 40th Anniversary

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<i>The Muppet Movie</i> Returning to the Big Screen for 40th Anniversary

It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets … in theaters again next month.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the beloved 1979 classic The Muppet Movie, the film will return to the silver screen at 700 theaters across the country for two days only.

At 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time on Thursday, July 25, and Tuesday, July 30, fans will get the chance to make “The Rainbow Connection” all over again, courtesy of Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures.

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The Muppets started out in television with the massively successful 1970s hit show, The Muppet Show. But creator Jim Henson had more plans in store, taking a creative risk by launching his puppet friends into their first motion picture.

The Muppet Movie, directed by James Frawley, marked the big-screen debut of fan-favorite characters Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the gang.

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In the movie, the Muppets set off from the Swamp for Hollywood as fame and fortune beckon them. And as usual, the gang get up to some crazy hijinks and misadventures along the way.

With some more human celebs, including Charles Durning and Austin Pendleton, along for the zany ride, the film was a hit in more than 100 countries. In typical Muppets fashion, the movie also features quite the catalog of cameos from Hollywood stars such as Dom DeLuise, Carol Kane, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks and Orson Welles, creating a time capsule of sorts of the biggest ‘70s pop-culture icons.

The film even received an Oscar nomination for its iconic song, “The Rainbow Connection.”

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The Muppet Movie is a cinematic treasure, a delightful film that may have been made 40 years ago but is truly timeless, thanks both to its iconic characters and to its always-stirring theme of following your dreams and believing in your own abilities,” said Tom Lucas, Fathom Events vice president of studio relations, in a statement. “This film’s return to the big screen is very well deserved and we are happy to work with The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures to give it a proper nationwide re-release.”

Tickets are available online now. To check out a complete list of theater locations and to purchase your tickets, visit