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‘1984’ to screen at nearly 200 theaters Tuesday

John Hurt starred as Winston Smith in the movie adaptation of George Orwell’s novel.
John Hurt starred as Winston Smith in the movie adaptation of George Orwell’s novel. MGM

Tuesday, April 4, might seem like just another weekday this year, but fans of George Orwell’s speculative-fiction classic “1984” know better. That was the first day in the diary being kept by Winston Smith, the protagonist in Orwell’s 1949 novel about a dystopian, dictatorial future.

In keeping with that spirit, nearly 200 movie theaters here and overseas will be showing the 1984 film version of “1984,” starring John Hurt as Smith, on that day. The list of theaters includes one in North Texas (the Texas Theatre in Dallas), two in Austin (Alamo Drafthouse, Violet Crown), and Alamo Drafthouse locations in Katy and El Paso. The bulk of participating theaters are in the U.S., though venues in Canada, the U.K., Sweden and Croatia are also taking part.

It’s the brainchild of the art-house organizations Art House Convergence and United State of Cinema.

Sales of the novel have surged in recent months. Earlier this year, it sailed to the top of the Amazon bestseller list, according to The New York Times.

“1984” screens at the Texas at 7 p.m. Tuesday; $2 from the admission will be donated to the National Endowment for the Arts.

The theater is located at 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. For more information, go to www.thetexastheatre.com.

Cary Darling: 817-390-7571, @carydar

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