Elvis Presley’s legendary “’68 Comeback Special,” directed and produced by Steve Binder, will hit the big screen this August in celebration of its 50th anniversary. This special cinema event will take place across the UK & Ireland for one night only 16th August with encore screenings at selected sites. Screenings will include the legendary television special 90 min concert, plus an exclusive look at the making of the special, featuring a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from Binder and others influenced by Presley, his music and this iconic event. This brand-new content is produced by Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17, and ABG’s Marc Rosen, SVP of Entertainment.
Originally airing on December 3, 1968, the “’68 Comeback Special” concert was Elvis Presley’s first live television performance in seven years, which captured him playing with a full band in front of an intimate audience of diehard fans. As part of the special, Presley also pioneered the “Unplugged” performance style with an exclusive acoustic set. The soundtrack album went Top 10 following the special airing, shooting Presley back to the top of the singles charts months later with “In the Ghetto” and later in 1969, his first number one hit in seven years with “Suspicious Minds.”
CinEvents have expressed their delight in the release of this title “To be able to show this seminal performance on the big screen for the first time is a real honour. We are extremely pleased and very excited to be showcasing this iconic event across the UK and Europe from 16th August.”
Find your closest cinema and book tickets for the “ELVIS 50th Anniversary Comeback Special” at www.cinevents-events.com and participating cinema websites or box offices.
Fathom Events, ABG and CinEvents will present “ELVIS 50th Anniversary Comeback Special” in over 250 cinemas across the UK & Ireland on Thursday 16th August.
“The ‘68 Comeback Special’ embodies the spirit and talent of one of the most legendary artists in music history,” said Steve Binder, director and producer of the special. “I hope that Elvis fans and music lovers everywhere will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of the King through a unique yet personal lens captured in this content.”
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this legendary special, a new book by Steve Binder titled COMEBACK: The Making of the 1968 Elvis Special delves into the dynamic (and often intimate) performances by The King of Rock & Roll during the landmark “Comeback” NBC broadcast. The book features a dedication by Priscilla Presley and stunning catalog of iconic Elvis Presley imagery.
“We are thrilled to partner with Fathom & ABG to bring such an iconic concert experience to cinemas across Europe in August,” CinEvents CEO Joe Evea said. “
“We are always looking to uncover fresh and exciting ways to share our content with fans through unique experiences,” said Marc Rosen, SVP Entertainment of ABG. “Our new partnership with Fathom Events has provided us with an opportunity to take the cinematic experience to the next level, and we look forward to watching the excitement unfold.”
- Reported to have sold 1 billion records.
- Starred in 31 films.
- Served in the U.S. Army for 6 years, including two years active duty.
- Only performed in 3 cities outside of US – All of them in Canada – Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto.
- Achieved 21 UK Number 1s.
- Elvis bought his first guitar from Tupelo Hardware store for $6.95 – January 8th, 1946.
- His singles have spent 1304 weeks in the UK top 75 (25 Years).
- Favourite food – Peanut butter and banana sandwich (often with Bacon and Grape Jelly).
- He was a Black Belt in Karate.