'Dirty Dancing' Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Re-release In Select Theatres

'Dirty Dancing' Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Re-release In Select Theatres

The film will be screened on two days: August 14 and August 17, 2022

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are coming back on the big screen together. In honor of the 35th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, select theatres are re-releasing the film for audiences to watch on Sunday, August 14, 2022, and Wednesday, August 17, 2022. 


The description for the event reads, “Thirty-five years after audiences were first introduced to Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Grey), Dirty Dancing remains a cultural icon. Loved by generations of fans, this cinematic treasure has inspired multiple films, a stage version, and reality dance competitions watched around the world. On the film’s 35th anniversary, celebrate the magic of Dirty Dancing and its timeless themes of love, family, class, and perseverance all over again.”


The film follows the protagonists, Johnny and Baby. When Frances aka Baby meets Johnny, the dance instructor at the resort where she is staying with her parents, they get closer and fall in love. However, Frances’ dad doesn’t approve of this relationship which drives them apart. The film is about overcoming the tribulations of friendship, family, and the idea that everyone deserves to be treated with kindness. 


And if this didn’t quench your thirst for the dance and the drama, rest easy because Lionsgate is producing a sequel for Dirty Dancing, speculated to release in theatres on February 9, 2024, Digital Spy reported. The film will be directed by Jonathan Levine who is known for his work in Warm Bodies and Nine Perfect Strangers. Set in 1990 (three decades after the original), it will follow the original protagonist, Baby, at the Kellerman's Resort for a story of summer romance and, of course, dancing. Along with Baby's story, the plot entwines with another young woman's coming-of-age journey at Kellerman's summer camp.


Levine wanted the whole band back together for this film. “The most important thing for us was having Jennifer on board. She is an invaluable collaborator,” he said. “We're going to try to involve as many people from the original as is appropriate. We want to be respectful in every way.” 


Lionsgate announced the sequel back in 2020 and Levine cannot wait to get started with it. “Through co-writing it, I fell in love with the characters (new and old), the world of 1990s Catskills New York, and the music, which will range from songs from the original movie to ‘90s hip-hop,” he told Variety. “I can’t wait to collaborate with Jennifer to bring this beautiful story of summer and romance and dancing to a generation of new fans. And to the longtime ones, I promise we will not ruin your childhood. We will tackle the assignment with sophistication, ambition, and, above all, love.” 


Production is expected to start later this year for Dirty Dancing.

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