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‘Stop Making Sense’ Returning to Theaters (Again!) With Cinematic Celebration Tour (EXCLUSIVE)

If you’re eager to see “Stop Making Sense” on the big screen again, well, watch out … you might get what you’re after.

Starting Jan. 27, the beloved Talking Heads concert film will return to movie theaters across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. via A24, in honor of the movie’s 40th anniversary this summer.

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“Stop Making Sense” will have residencies in cities including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and more. Tickets will be available to purchase here.

A24 will also release a special collection of merchandise available to purchase at selected theaters. A preorder for a collector’s edition 4K and Blu-ray release of the film will open Jan. 27. And considering Talking Heads reunited to celebrate the film last year at Toronto International Film Festival, perhaps members of the band will make surprise cameos at theaters throughout the theatrical tour.

On Jan. 10, A24 teased a “Stop Making Sense” tribute album set for release later this year, with Paramore kicking things off with a cover of “Burning Down the House.” The album will feature 15 other yet-to-be-announced artists contributing Talking Heads covers, recreating the setlist of the “Stop Making Sense” tour.

After acquiring the worldwide rights to “Stop Making Sense,” A24 re-released the concert film in theaters last fall. It collected $5 million at the box office, surpassing the film’s entire initial 41-week run ($4.95 million) in 1984. “Stop Making Sense” also became Imaxs highest-grossing live event, earning $640,839 and selling out 25 screens across 165 Imax locations in North America, according to the company.

“Stop Making Sense,” widely considered one of the greatest concert films of all time, was directed by Jonathan Demme and stars Talking Heads members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison along with Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Ednah Holt. The live performance was shot over three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983.

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