‘The Matrix’ Is Returning to Theaters This Month For Its 20th Anniversary, Here Are the Details

Love it or hate it, 1999’s The Matrix is a pop culture favorite that is still inspiring memes, Halloween costumes, and spirited discussions about its meaning. Up until the John Wick movies, when people talked about Keanu Reeves, they typically associated him with the famous sci-fi franchise. The first Matrix was a game-changer for his career, and on occasion, he’s still referred to as Neo.

Sure, you can catch a replay of The Matrix on cable or stream it on your device, but why not experience it in the theater like it’s 1999 again? For fans who want see Neo choose between the red pill or blue pill on the big screen, here’s what you need to know.

Scene from 'The Matrix'
Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves in ‘The Matrix’ | Ronald Siemoneit/Sygma via Getty Images

It’s a limited-time anniversary celebration

For one week, AMC theaters will do showings of The Matrix from August 30th through September 5th to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary. The movie was originally released on March 31, 1999 by the Wachowskis and is still remembered as the flick that put them on the map.  

With this special event, it looks like the summer of Keanu will keep on lighting up screens a little beyond Labor Day Weekend. Uninitiated Matrix moviegoers will appreciate that AMC is promoting this with a full-fledged, proper description on its site, and forever fans will dig that Dolby wants to make everyone say “Whoa” with its trailer.

“Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans’ body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.”

In case you forgot, the runtime for the film is 2 hours and 16 minutes, but the lengthy showing will be made all better with Dolby sound, theater popcorn, and a $12 soda. Tickets are available for advance purchase but bear in mind the celebratory return will only be available in 29 states and Washington, DC.

Will the sequels play along with the first film?

That is a hard no. Since this is the film that launched it all, the theater event will only play The Matrix and not the entire trilogy. But according to Entertainment Weekly, one of Dolby’s senior vice presidents, Doug Darrow, promises that this 2019 screening will be something to behold.

“Bringing The Matrix to life in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos pays homage to the masterpiece that the Wachowskis created 20 years ago. Movie lovers will be able to see and experience unforgettable sequences like bullets flying in slow motion with the utmost detail – transforming one of the most iconic sci-fi films of this generation.”

Wicked back-bends, dips, and levitated fights await fans who want to relive the magic of the ’90s classic—or those who want to be introduced for the first time to a world that had people questioning humanity’s existence. This time, do it with the added bonus of plush seating and advanced digital effects.