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[Updated] Classic movies heading to the big screen in 2023

[Last updated September 2023]

One silver lining of movie theaters shuffling their way back to pre-pandemic levels? A surge of classic movies heading to movie theaters in 2023 so that new and veteran fans can appreciate the vintage films on the big screen. 

Hollywood studios are still trying to get new movie production back on track. Re-issues of classic films help fill that void in theaters. 

“It was definitely a rebound year,” Tearlach Hutcheson, VP of film at Studio Movie Grill, told Variety in December 2022. “There’s still a lack of product from studios, and it’s going to take a while to change that.”

TCM has parted ways with Fathom Events, which had been the biggest player in re-releases of classic favorites. But Fathom announced a new series that will honor classic cinema. That plus a few other national series – such as Flashback Cinema and Alamo Drafthouse special screenings – translates into more movie theater love for old movies. 

Here’s a look at pre-1980 movie re-releases coming soon nationally to a theater hopefully near you. (A variety of independent movie houses include classic movies in their lineup but unfortunately, we can’t track all of those individually.)

This list will continue to be updated as new movies are announced.


Roman Holiday


Pillow Talk

Murder on the Orient Express (1974 version)

Harold and Maude

My Fair Lady

Escape from Alcatraz

Written on the Wind

It Happened One Night

The Wild Bunch

Singin’ in the Rain

The Red Shoes

High Sierra

The Bride of Frankenstein

Lady Sings the Blues


(Related: Here's looking at you, 'Casablanca': The most quoted movie turns 80)

My Fair Lady

Harold and Maude

The Ten Commandments (1956)


[Technically, these last two are after my usual cut-off date of 1980, but too good not to share!]


Rio Bravo


The Wizard of Oz 

Enter the Dragon

Return of the Jedi

Taxi Driver (limited)



Jaws (also here)


Enter the Dragon

American Graffiti


Note: Many non-chain theaters (not included on this list) are showing Universal Monster movies throughout October in honor of the 100th anniversary. Check/support your local theaters!

The Birds

The Mummy (1932) + The Wolfman (1941) double feature 

The Exorcist

The Shining

Frankenstein (1931) + Invisible Man (1933) double feature

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Dracula (1931) + Dracula's Daughter double feature

Dracula (1931's Spanish version)


The Black Cat

Halloween and also here

Friday the 13th



The Last Waltz


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