The very first Pokémon movie, first released nearly 17 years ago, will play in select theaters starting later this month, and longtime Pokémon lovers will want to mark these dates down: Oct. 29 and Nov. 1. Those are the only two dates that Pokémon: The First Movie will be screened at Cinemark locations nationwide, making this an exclusive, can’t-miss event for the 20-year-old franchise’s fanbase.
Tickets for the Oct. 29 matinee showings and Nov. 1 evening times are on sale now. To further simulate the experience of , when The First Movie premiered on screens stateside, all showtimes will only cost $5.
Sure, the movie is only 75 minutes-long, but the original theatrical short “Pikachu’s Vacation” will also accompany the film, just as it did way back when. Plus, seeing two Pikachu slap each other and later cry over Ash Ketchum’s petrified body on the big screen is a priceless experience.
Pokémon: The First Movie remains the best-remembered film in the series, introducing Mew and Mewtwo to audiences and making more than $160 million at the box office. As the popularity of Pokémon waxed and waned over the years, its movies suffered from dwindling returns. Now, North American Pokémon fans should be so lucky to see one of the annual new releases in a theater.