The upcoming 50th anniversary of Woodstock has been somewhat complicated. There’s a high percentage that Michael Lang’s festival might not happen (if you’re David Crosby, you’re almost certain of it). Thankfully, the original festival’s 1970 documentary will hit theaters nationwide for one night only, where it’s possible to celebrate the anniversary in the comfort of a soda-soaked theater chair. Woodstock: The Director’s Cut will screen on August 15th at 7:00 pm local time.
Directed by Michael Wadleigh, this is the first nationwide screening since the film was originally released. The director’s cut stretches out to three hours and 44 minutes and includes legendary performances by Janis Joplin and the Jefferson Airplane that weren’t featured in the original. Other artists includes Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Who, Santana, Canned Heat and Jimi Hendrix — who famously closed the festival after a searing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
“Both as a documentary and as a pop-culture phenomenon, ‘Woodstock’ is a milestone, a pivotal moment in history captured forever, proving the enduring power of cinema,” CEO of Fathom Events Ray Nutt said in a statement. “50 years later, there has never been anything quite like it.”
Tickets are available now.