'Friday' Headed Back to Theaters for 20th Anniversary Screenings

Director's cut of Ice Cube's stoner classic will screen in 400 U.S. theaters on pothead holiday April 20th

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Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in 'Friday.' Everett Collection

Ice Cube's stoner film classic Friday turns 20 years old next month, and in celebration of the anniversary, 400 American theaters will screen the movie on Monday, April 20th – a national weed holiday – at 7:30 p.m. local time, Buzzfeed reports

"For the theaters, for New Line [Cinema], for the fans to want to pay homage to the movie in this way is cool," Ice Cube, the film's star and co-writer, told Buzzfeed News. "It lets you know how much people appreciate it and how much fun it is. . . and it lets you know that Friday is now a part of the American fabric."

The one-night-only event will feature a special director's cut of Friday, along with "Friday Straight Up," a 24-minute featurette including behind-the-scenes set footage and cast interviews. Ticket sales and theater information are currently available via Fathom Events.

On April 14th, in connection with the screening, the film's double-platinum soundtrack will be reissued on vinyl. The LP, which topped the U.S. charts for two weeks in 1995, includes a mixture of vintage R&B and Nineties hip-hop (like "Keep Their Heads Ringin'," Ice Cube's collaborative hit with Dr. Dre). 

"I remember picking these songs and thinking, 'No one's used 'Mary Jane' by Rick James in a movie? This is going to be perfect,"  the actor-rapper told Buzzfeed. "You usually don’t get the Isley Brothers and a fresh Dr. Dre song. It was a really special labor of love."

The original Friday co-starred Ice Cube and Chris Tucker as two friends toking up, battling drug dealers and searching for employment in urban Los Angeles. Ice Cube wrote and starred in two sequels, 2000's Next Friday and 2002's Friday After Next, but the original remains the true fan-favorite. 

A fourth installment in the series has been rumored for years – but in a 2014 Reddit AMA promoting the Kevin Hart buddy comedy Ride Along, Ice Cube said the project had been stalled by the studio. "The next Friday movie is caught up in development hell at New Line Cinema," he wrote. "Pray that we get it outta there."

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