Tickets go on sale Nov. 16 for this two-night theatrical event, featuring  an introduction from world-renowned filmmaker Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) and followed by a special piece on the creation of this trailblazing documentary. You can purchase tickets at and participating theater box offices.

Most people have never experienced WWI any other way than as grainy, silent black and white footage. But thanks to Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson, They Shall Not Grow Old opens a window to the past in a way that has never been seen or heard before.

Fathom Events has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring Peter Jackson’s poignant WWI documentary to movie theaters across the U.S., in 2D and RealD™ 3D, on Monday, Dec. 17, with an encore presentation on Thursday, Dec. 27.

Jackson recorded a special introduction to the film—which he has called his most personal—offering his perspective on why the film is important for audiences, who have never experienced WWI footage like this before. In They Shall Not Grow Old, Jackson opens a unique window to the past, noting, “restoration is a humanizing process.” The screening will be immediately followed by special content offering firsthand insights into what went into this groundbreaking feat of research, filmmaking and storytelling.

The acclaimed documentary is an extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented as the world has never seen. By utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, Jackson puts forth an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it.  

“We knew that partnering with Warner Bros. to bring this extraordinary documentary to U.S. audiences was essential,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “Putting this documentary on the big screen via the Fathom network will further illuminate Jackson’s work and allow moviegoers to see the impressive visual detail of the restored footage as though they were a part of that moment in time.”

Jeff Goldstein, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, said, “with this being the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, I can’t imagine a more appropriate time to honor the courage of the soldiers who fought in WWI – what was then ‘the war to end all wars’ – many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Peter has made history come alive through the medium of film, and we are so pleased to be a part of bringing his vision to today’s audiences.”