Peanuts gang makes a return to the big screen


Studio Movie Grill
among nationwide
theaters playing
‘A Boy Named
Charlie Brown’
‘Snoopy, Come Home’

Over the next two months, a pair of beloved Peanuts’ animated features will appear in cinemas across the nation for the first time in over four decades.

Digitally re-mastered versions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Come Home will screen as the main attractions of a nationwide, three-day 50th Anniversary event hosted by CineLife Entertainment and CBS Home Entertainment.

The most recognizable cartoon cast outside of Disneyland, the Peanuts gang stumbles through everyday life with refreshing vulnerability while imparting a dose of Tao along the way. They also dance with contagious abandon.

In Chicago, the Studio Movie Grill’s Chatham location will feature matinees of A Boy Named Charlie Brown on August 18 and Snoopy, Come Home on September 29. For tickets and information about Charlie Brown, click here; for Snoopy, click here.

In the suburbs, Lansing Cinema 8 will screen Charlie Brown on August 18 and Snoopy on October 3rd and 5th.

The organizers expects to announce additional screenings moving forward, including one at the Davis Theater in Lincoln Square. Check the CineLife website for updates.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Introverted yet earnest, the world’s most adored underdog, Charlie Brown is the central person in A Boy Named Charlie Brown, in which he musters up the courage to enter his school’s spelling contest and goes on to compete in the National Spelling Bee.



Snoopy, Come Home
In Snoopy, Come Home, the faithfulness of Charlie Brown’s best friend is tested when his original owner wants to reclaim him. We also meet Woodstock — Snoopy’s best buddy — in his first film appearance.


History of ‘Peanuts’
Created by Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts became one of the most popular comic strips of all time. With characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, and Pigpen, it inspired animated films that captured the hearts of generations.

Besides making the printed staple of American comic culture, Schulz also wrote the screenplays for A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Come Home; Bill Melendez directed.

“These two Peanuts films are timeless and wonderful,” says Ken Ross, Executive Vice-President and General Manager at CBS Home Entertainment. “It’s gratifying to honor their legacy by putting them back on the big screen for audiences of all ages to enjoy.”

“We are thrilled to be associated with Peanuts for the 50th anniversary of this timeless classic,” states Ronnie Ycong, Executive Vice-President of Exhibitor Relations and Operations at Spotlight Cinema Networks. “The characters have stood the test of time and their adventures are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago. These two feature films provide a gateway into their world for new audiences while delivering a nostalgic treat for adults.”

About Spotlight Cinema Networks
Spotlight Cinema Networks is the only cinema advertising company dedicated to serving the needs of art house and luxury exhibitors for cinema advertising, preshow entertainment, event cinema and digital display distribution. CineLife Entertainment, Spotlight Cinema Networks’ newest division, acquires and distributes event cinema titles in the U.S. and international markets.

About CBS Home Entertainment
CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD and Blu-ray businesses for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Networks. CBS Home Entertainment products are released on the CBS DVD and CBS Blu-ray labels.

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