Airplane! Flies Again as One of the Most Uproarious Comedies of All Time Returns to Movie Theaters for Three Days this Summer

  • WHAT: Airplane! is coming back to movie theaters? Surely, we can’t be serious! We are And don’t call us Shirley.

The wacky, hapless crew of Airplane!, one of the most enduring comedies of all time, will take to the skies again in movie theaters across the country for three days only August 30, September 1 and September 9 – as part of the TCM Big Screen Classic Series from Fathom Events. The beloved disaster-film spoof, voted “one of the 10 funniest movies ever made” by the American Film Institute, stars Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Graves, Robert Stack and some of the most memorably quotable dialogue and irrepressibly silly sight gags in movie comedy history.

The critically adored box-office hit, directed by Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker, “took off” with audiences during the summer of 1980 and has maintained a strong legacy that spans generations. The movie follows ex-fighter pilot Ted Striker (Hays) as he tries to win back his wartime girlfriend, Elaine Dickinson (Hagerty), now a flight attendant onboard a hilariously ill-fated plane heading from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Airplane! showcases the ineffable magic of the big screen as it takes on new energy and a new level of hilarity when experienced with an audience. So, fasten your seatbelts and climb aboard as Airplane!, nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, takes off again for a flight like no other.


  • WHO: Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures
  • WHEN:   Sunday, August 30, Tuesday, September 1 & Wednesday, September 9


  • WHERE: Tickets for Airplane! can be purchased at or participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). Please contact your local theater for individual safety precautions.


Lindsay Tarnowski, Fathom Events / / 720-340-2897

Taryn Jacobs, Turner Classic Movies / / 404-885-0114



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