‘Wings,’ Academy’s First Best Picture Winner, to Hit Theaters Again

The 1927 silent epic "Wings," fully restored by Paramount, will screen on May 2 and May 16 at Cinemark Theatres

Last Updated: May 1, 2012 @ 6:48 PM

"Wings," the first Academy Award winner for Best Picture, will be shown on May 2 and May 16 in special screenings at Cinemark Theatres.

Released in 1927, “Wings” has been fully restored by Paramount Pictures, which announced the limited theatrical run with Cinemark on Tuesday.

“Cinemark is thrilled to present this silent film masterpiece as our next Reel Classics offering,” James Meredith, vice president of marketing for Cinemark Theatres said in a statement.

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“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Hollywood history on screen, with incredible visuals and the original score recorded by a full orchestra.”

“Wings” explores the devastating effects of war through the story of two men who go off to battle in World War I and the woman they both leave behind. Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard Arlen star in the film, which also features Gary Cooper in one of his first movie roles.

The epic was groundbreaking in scope and was produced for the then-unheard-of sum of $2 million. An entire garrison of U.S. troops was enlisted for the massive battleground scenes, but the film is perhaps most well-known for its breathtaking aerial battle scenes.

The film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA.

Cinemark will present “Wings” Wednesday, May 2 exclusively at locations featuring Cinemark XD Extreme Digital Cinema auditoriums. On Wednesday, May 16, approximately 50 additional Cinemark Theatres will present an encore showing. Each location will offer two show times daily, at 2 and 7 p.m.

A full list of participating Cinemark locations, advance ticket purchases and show time information can be found at www.cinemark.com.