More than 50 years after The Beatles‘ iconic rooftop concert in London, their final live performance will be featured in select IMAX theaters across the country.
On January 30, 1969, The Beatles performed an impromptu 42-minute concert on the rooftop of the band’s Apple Corps’ Savile Row headquarters. It would end up being the legendary band’s last performance together. Now, a 60-minute feature of the famous rooftop concert will hit IMAX theaters later this month.
Their performance will screen on January 30 of this month to mark the 53rd anniversary of the historic event. The screening is titled The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert, and will also feature a filmmaker Q&A session with director and producer Peter Jackson.
“I’m thrilled that the rooftop concert from The Beatles: Get Back is going to be experienced in IMAX, on that huge screen. It’s The Beatles’ last concert. And it’s the absolute perfect way to see and hear it,” Jackson said, according to Deadline.
Jackson’s acclaimed docuseries, The Beatles: Get Back, premiered on Disney+ on November 25th. The series includes the rooftop concert in its entirety. But fans have been clamoring to see it on the big screen.
“Ever since Peter Jackson’s beautiful and illuminating docuseries debuted, we’ve heard non-stop from fans who want to experience its unforgettable rooftop performance in IMAX. We are so excited to partner with Disney to bring Get Back to an entirely new stage,” IMAX Entertainment president Megan Colligan said. “And give Beatles fans everywhere a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch and hear their heroes in the unrivaled sight and sound of IMAX.”
Following the January 30th screening, a global release of the rooftop concert will hit theaters from February 11-13. The docuseries The Beatles: Get Back will also release on Blu-ray and DVD on February 8.
The Beatles Didn’t Want to ‘Sanitize’ the Docuseries
When speaking about creating the docuseries, director Peter Jackson said he wanted to keep the footage as authentic as possible. However, Disney is well-known as a family-friendly company. So it’s no surprise that they shared concerns about the Fab Four’s smoking and swearing.
The documentary shows Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in a very candid fashion. The legendary band members are shown creating their final album, and viewers see the band’s infighting and all. Jackson compiled the series from more than 60 hours of previously unseen footage of The Beatles. Yet Jackson and the remaining band members insisted on keeping the footage real and uncut. “I’ve made a film that I think is pretty honest and pretty raw,” Jackson said to NME in November.
Jackson went on to share McCartney and Starr’s thoughts on the series after viewing it. They called it accurate and are glad Jackson didn’t “whitewash” it.
“Paul describes it as being very raw,” Jackson shared with the outlet. “He said to me: ‘That is a very accurate portrayal of how we were then.'”
“Ringo said: ‘It’s truthful.’ The truthfulness of it is important to them. They don’t want a whitewash. They don’t want it to be sanitized,” Jackson added.