Indie Memphis to Screen 50th Anniversary Restoration of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night on July 9

On Wednesday, July 9, Indie Memphis will present the new 50th anniversary restoration of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night in collaboration with The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter.

The one-night-only screening takes place on Wednesday, July 9 at Malco Theatres’ Studio on the Square, with showings at 7:00 pm and 9:15 pm.

Tickets are available in advance at beginning Friday, June 6 at 10 am for $8 each. Indie Memphis members and members of The Recording Academy can purchase their tickets for $6.

“In February, our organization produced ‘The Beatles: The Night That Changed America–A GRAMMY® Salute,’ which aired exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the Beatles’ groundbreaking debut on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ said Jon Hornyak, Sr. Executive Director of The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter. “Now the Memphis Chapter is pleased to collaborate with Indie Memphis to bring the 50th anniversary release of a new restoration of the groundbreaking film A Hard Day’s Night to our city.”

Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester, A Hard Day’s Night, in which John, Paul, George and Ringo play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which re-conceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

Working from the original camera negative, Criterion’s tech department spent the last several months restoring the film in 4K resolution, taking great care to make sure that the image retained the look of the original film stock. The final master was approved by director Richard Lester, and will be presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.75. The film’s new 5.1 mix was completed at Apple Studios by Giles Martin, giving an extra depth and clarity to the songs that is simply stunning.