The original RoboCop is returning to theaters to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The 1987 action/sci-fi classic from director Paul Verhoeven remains one of the most memorable movies of its time, blending an iconic hero with unflinching ultraviolence and an underlying satire not found in many other movies of its ilk. Verhoeven’s unique vision continued with similarly over-the-top, socially conscious sci-fi thrillers like the original Total Recall and Starship Troopers.
RoboCop, however, was Verhoeven’s original breakthrough hit when it first came out in 1987. The Peter Weller-starring actioner remains as distinguished as ever due to its distinctive mix of themes and penchant for the extreme that quickly became Verhoeven’s signature. Monday marks the official 30th anniversary of RoboCop’s debut in theaters, but the movie is set to celebrate year 30 again in the fall with a one-of-a-kind event thanks to Alamo Drafthouse.
As reported by THR on Monday, RoboCop will be screened live on Sept. 10 at the Dallas City Hall in Texas, the real-life filming location of the Omni Consumer Products headquarters from the original movie. At that location will be a one-night-only screening of RoboCop, followed by a live appearance and Q&A with Weller. The Dallas screening event will also include food trucks and a full bar with RoboCop-themed drinks, among other attractions.
RoboCop fans who can’t make it to the Dallas screening are not out of luck. Alamo Drafthouse will also hold live streams of the Dallas screening and Q&A at locations across the country. Tickets to the live-stream locations, which THR termed “RoboCop parties”, will include props that viewers will be able to use to interact with the movie. Tickets to the events will go on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at noon EST, according to Birth.Movies.Death.
The event, presented by Birth.Movies.Death, Syfy, and Alamo Drafthouse, is a sprawling celebration of a movie that certainly deserves a special kind of recognition as it reaches its 30th anniversary. The original RoboCop didn’t just shock viewers with its over-the-top violence; it dared to ask tough questions about the ways that corporations, media, law enforcement, and other entities influence and affect society. Considering the huge legacy that RoboCop still holds in action and sci-fi history, it would come as no surprise to see the upcoming 30th anniversary celebration become a massive success.
Of course, this event is also a bit of a painful reminder of the disappointment that was the 2014 RoboCop remake, which Verhoeven believed took itself too seriously. It inevitably was not going to live up to the standard set by the original, or even approach the level of thought-provoking satire that Verhoeven achieved with the original. But the remake also doesn’t take away from what the first RoboCop accomplished and will continue to accomplish in September.
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