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Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 2:00 pm | Updated: 3:29 pm, Thu Jun 2, 2011.

The critically acclaimed cinematic concert rockumentary, “The Grateful Dead Movie” will take audiences back to the 1970s for a one-night in-theater event at 7:30 p.m. April 20.

It will be presented in 540 movie theaters nationwide, including Westgate 20 with IMAX, 9400 W. Hanna Lane, Glendale.

Under the direction of the band’s lead guitarist Jerry Garcia and co-directed by Leon Gast, these legendary 1974 concerts capture the Grateful Dead at the pinnacle of their psychedelic worldwide fame while documenting the Dead Head experience.

The movie was shot during the legendary band’s concerts at Winterland Arena in San Francisco in October 1974, prior to the Grateful Dead taking a two-year sabbatical. This special in-theater event marks the first time the film has been available in wide theatrical distribution since its initial release in 1977.

Tickets, $12.50, for “The Grateful Dead Movie Event” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com

“The Grateful Dead Movie” was shot during the legendary band’s concerts at Winterland Arena in San Francisco in October 1974, prior to the Grateful Dead taking a two-year sabbatical. The Grateful Dead Movie debuted in New York City June 1, 1977, and chronicles several different facets of the original Dead Head phenomena. The movie includes band performances of “U.S. Blues,” “One More Saturday Night,” “Casey Jones,” “Playing in the Band” and “Sugar Magnolia,” among other Dead classics. “The Grateful Dead Movie” played throughout the summer of 1977 in San Francisco and select markets across the U.S.

“This flashback concert is a chance for Dead Heads to relive the experience of one the band’s most famous performances,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “The never-before-seen interview with Jerry Garcia is definitely a must-see, and Dead fans may just see themselves or their friends on the big screen who were at the 1974 concerts. This event will be big fun for Dead fans of all ages.”

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