Fathom Events has announced that will it be screening “Elvis 50th Anniversary Comeback Special” in select cinemas worldwide on Aug. 16 and Aug. 20. Tickets go on sale on June 15. The screening is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's NBC "Elvis" special, which originally aired on Dec. 3, 1968. According to Fathom, the entire original "Elvis" special will be shown, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show, with a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage and commentary from "Elvis" special director/producer Steve Binder and others influenced by Presley.
As previously reported, NBC is planning an all-star tribute that will recreate the special to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the show. NBC's "The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special" will air in 2019. The premiere date and participating artists are to be announced.
Presley's "Elvis" TV special was filmed on June 27, 1968, in Burbank, California. It was his first live television performance since 1961 and his first time starring in his own TV special. According to NBC, "Elvis" was the network's highest-rated show that year, with about 42 percent of the U.S. TV audience watching, and the show became commonly known as Presley's "comeback special." The black leather jumpsuit that Presley wore on the show became one of his most iconic outfits.
Presley performed several of his greatest hits in the special, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes," Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," Jailhouse Rock" and "Don't Be Cruel."