The screening of “Yellow Submarine” is scheduled for Thursday, May 24 at 8:30 p.m will be free, according to a news release.
The 89- minute animated musical fantasy film originally was produced in 1968. A digitally re-mastered version was released nationally on May 11, and it will be the version screened in Louisville on the Main Lawn off the Belvedere on Thursday, according to the release.
Festival tickets are not required to attend, and there will be no additional screenings throughout the five-day Abbey Road on the River festival, according to the release.
From the release:
The film is based on the song “Yellow Submarine” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and was directed by George Dunning and produced by Al Brodax. The soundtrack features fifteen songs that were composed by The Beatles and George Martin.
Released in the midst of the psychedelic pop culture of the 1960s, “Yellow Submarine” was a box-office smash, drawing in crowds both for its lush, wildly creative images, and its soundtrack of Beatles songs. At the beginning of the story, Pepperland is introduced by a narrator as a cheerful music-loving paradise under the sea, protected by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The land falls under a surprise attack by the music-hating Blue Meanies, who seal the band inside a music-proof bubble, make the Pepperlanders immobile as statues by throwing loads of big green apples upon them, and drain the countryside of colour. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humor, songs, and of course, their Yellow Submarine, The Beatles tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom. At the end, the animation is replaced by live-action with the real Beatles, having returned home, playfully showing off their souvenirs.
“I saw this film for the first time the week it premiered in November 1968. It was groundbreaking animation then and, like everything created by The Beatles, remains relevant today,” stated organizer Gary Jacob in the release. “We are so excited to introduce this film to the thousands of young Beatles fans who come to Abbey Road on the River.”
Abbey Road on the River, a music festival celebrating the greatest rock band of all time, will be held at the Belvedere and at the Galt House Hotel & Suites from May 24 through May 28.
Rock-n-roll Hall of Fame band Jefferson Starship will perform on Saturday, May 26.
Abbey Road on the River, a three time winner of the Kentucky Tourism Council Top 10 Spring Festival, is sponsored by WHAS, 95.7 WQMF, Sports Radio 790, The Galt House Hotel & Suites, Kroger, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, LEO Weekly, Louisville Magazine and Louisville.com, with additional support from Gretsch Guitar, Hard Rock Café, Republic Bank, BuckyBalls and Coors Light. Visit the website to purchase festival tickets, make a reservation at the Galt House Hotel, and get more information about Abbey Road on the River, Louisville and Washington, D.C.