‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ comes to theaters for one night onlyWritten by Brian Bohnert | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Space … the final frontier.
“These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
Those were the words of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. And for seven years, those were the words that defined “the next generation” of Starfleet explorers.
And after an 18-year hiatus, science fiction fans across the country will have the opportunity to see their favorite “Star Trek” characters once again this July.
To celebrate the upcoming release of the series’ first season on Blu-ray, NCM Fathom Events, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution will present “Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event”: a nationwide theater event bringing the popular sci-fi series to the big screen for one night only July 23.
The event will feature two of the most popular episodes from the first season: Episode 106, “Where No One Has Gone Before” and Episode 114, “Datalore.”
Fathom Events will stream the showing via satellite to nearly 500 movie theaters around the nation through National CineMedia’s (CNM) Digital Broadcast Network. The showing starts at 7 p.m. with an additional 10:15 p.m. showing in select theaters. Rave Cinemas Fallen Timbers 14 and Rave Cinemas Franklin Park 16 will participate in both available show times.
Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom Events, said the first season of “The Next Generation” was “painstakingly retransferred” from the original format to a higher resolution for Blu-ray. For the theater event, the TV format was converted to the high-quality resolution of 2K digital projection, an industry standard for these types of events, he said.
“For fans, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see something they will never be able to see again,” Diamond said. “The advancements in technology are really an advantage for fans. Fans will be able to experience 2K digital projection, which has a much greater resolution than film.”
Both famed episodes will be introduced by “Star Trek” experts and restoration consultants, Michael and Denise Okuda. Michael worked on “The Next Generation” for many years as the scenic artist, designing many set pieces and displays for the series. Both he and Denise chose the two episodes.
In addition to the episodes, there will be never-before-seen footage, including interviews with the cast and crew, as well as a special look at the second season on Blu-ray, set to be released later this year, according to a news release.
“You’ll have a lot of never-before-seen interviews with the cast of the Enterprise,” Diamond said. “But what’s really very interesting is fans will get some really unique insights into the extensive restoration process they went through to put this Blu-ray together.”
Steve Petz, general manager for Rave Fallen Timbers, said the Toledo-area theaters often participate in Fathom-produced events. Before the “Star Trek” event, the theater will host the “Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Presents ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ 60th Anniversary Event” on July 12.
“We do all kinds of events for these sorts of things,” Petz said. “They’re a lot of fun and they can usually draw a pretty big crowd.”
The process of putting the event together took about four to five months and involved working closely with CBS to create the best event possible for “The Next Generation” fans. Diamond said his company’s main goal was to create an interactive, “social networking” community for “Star Trek” fans to meet outside of the computer world.
“As a fan, you will have so many opportunities to explore new content and see fans you may never have known existed in your own community,” Diamond said. “There are places you can still go and be with like-minded fans. That’s the community we want to create, and it’s what I think theaters have done so well over the years. When times were hard, people took their families to the theaters. The reason people want to go to theaters is to get together and share that experience with fellow fans.”
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” was created by legendary TV writer and producer Gene Roddenberry, 21 years after the original “Star Trek” debuted. The series, set in the 24th century between 2364 and 2370, produced nearly 180 episodes and multiple feature films. It also spawned a series of follow-up “Star Trek” installments.
“I remember watching ‘Star Trek’ 25 years ago and being amazed, thinking how futuristic it was,” Diamond said. “It was something we all looked at and believed we’d see the Enterprise flying around someday. And with all that we’ve done in space and with technology, it was a window into what was coming.”