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Ride With the Griswolds on the 40th Anniversary of the Original National Lampoon Vacation, Showing On Big Screens


Whether you've taken your own summer vacation this year or not, you'll still want to ride along with the Griswold family and relive the first National Lampoon Vacation movie on the big screen.
Join the Griswold family as they journey to Walley World on their hilarious vacation in the original National Lampoon Vacation movie.Photo byFathom Events

That's right, the Griswold's are heading to Walley World, and you can enjoy the big screen adventure to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this summer vacation classic. For two days only -- July 16 and July 19 -- the original National Lampoon's Vacation will play at local theatres in Kennesaw, Roswell and Atlanta.

Screenings at AMC Barrett Commons theater in Kennesaw are at 4 pm and 7 pm on July 16, and again a 7 pm on July 19. Tickets are available in advance. Special screenings also are available at Movie Tavern Roswell and Regal Arbor Place and IMAX in Douglasville.

They say you never forget your first, and that's certainly true with this original that launched a National Lampoon movie series that stretched to seven releases from 1983 to 2015. Starring Chevy Chase as the bumbling, over-confident and always-star-crossed Clark W. Griswold and Beverly D'Angelo as his wife Ellen. Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron star as the Griswold children, Rusty and Audrey.

In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswold family embarks on a hilarious and eventful cross-country road trip. The journey is filled with mishaps and misadventures, from getting lost in the desert to encountering eccentric characters. Their wild escapades include a disastrous visit to Cousin Eddie's house, a chaotic night at a rundown motel, and a memorable encounter with a flirtatious Christie Brinkley. With moments of uproarious laughter and unexpected twists, this classic comedy is a rollercoaster ride of family fun.

Presented by Fathom Events, these special screenings feature an exclusive introduction by noted film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, discussing the enduring appeal and influence of the side-splitting road trip epic widely hailed as one of the finest comedies of all time.

Later this summer, Fathom Events and Universal Pictures are celebrating the 50th anniversary of George Lucas’ 1973 coming-of-age tale American Graffiti on Sunday, August 27th and Wednesday, August 30th.

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