“Night of the Living Dead” to Appear on the Big Screen Again

The cult classic will be screened at the Byham Theater in honor of the 50th anniversary of its debut.

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A film considered by many to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time returns to the silver screen this fall.

A restored version of George A. Romero's classic “Night of the Living Dead” will be shown Oct. 6 at the Byham Theater in honor of the 50th anniversary of the film’s debut. The 4-K state-of-the-art restoration was created by the Museum of Modern Art from the original camera negative.

The screening is part of Living Dead Weekend, an annual three-day event held primarily in Evans City, the borough in Butler County where Night of the Living Dead was filmed. This year’s festivities run from Oct. 5-7 and will include include tours of locations in the movie, vendors, exhibits, panels, photo ops, a pet costume contest and more.


“Night of the Living Dead” premiered at Downtown’s Byham Theater — then known as the Fulton Theater — on Oct. 1, 1968. The independent film, made on a shoestring budget, follows seven people trapped in a rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania as they are besieged by a large and growing group of "living dead" monsters. It is well-known for revolutionizing the horror film genre and popularizing brain-eating zombies as a typical movie monster.

All living cast members, including leading lady Judith O’Dea, will attend a pre-screening program at the Byham. The premiere is presented by the George A. Romero Foundation and Image Ten. Ticket information will be announced soon.

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