2004 marks a big year for the King of the Monsters, with the Godzilla franchise celebrating 50 years. As a result, it’s not too surprising to see a number of conventions popup to celebrate the landmark. This article is a news roundup of the various, US based Godzilla 50th Anniversary festivals that are being run in celebration of the big year.

October 12th update

In commemoration of Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, another Godzilla event, the fourth of the year in the US, will take place from November 17th through the 23rd in San Francisco, California. The event, called GODZILLAFEST, will take place at the Castro Theatre, at 429 Castro street. A total of 20 films will show during the festival, including:

November 17th, Wednesday (Matinee)
Godzilla 2000: Millennium (English Dubbed)
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (English Dubbed)

November 17th, Wednesday (Night)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters (US Version, English Dubbed)
Rodan (English Dubbed)

November 18th, Thursday (Night)
The War of the Gargantuas (English Dubbed)
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

November 19th, Friday (Night)
Godzilla (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)
Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

November 20th, Saturday (Matinee)
H-Man (English Dubbed)
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

November 20th, Saturday (Night)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (US/Japanese Version [hybrid], English Dubbed)
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

November 21st, Sunday (Matinee)
Battle In Outer Space (English Dubbed)
Destroy All Monsters (English Dubbed)

November 21st, Sunday (Night)
Mothra (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

November 22nd, Monday (Night)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (English Dubbed)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (English Dubbed)

November 23rd, Tuesday (Night)
Son of Godzilla (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (English Dubbed)

Initially announced guests include actor Ed Keane (actor from Battle In Outer Space and Mothra), John Stanley (host of the Creature Features TV series in the San Francisco), Jerry Ito (actor from Mothra and The Last War) and Bob Wilkins (host of the late night horrorfest KTVU Channel 2 Oakland). More details, including times and perhaps a expanded guest list, are forthcoming. Actor Russ Tamblyn was also added to the growing list of guest stars. For those unfamiliar with Tamblyn, he will be best known to Toho enthusiasts for his starring role in the influential film The War of the Gargantuas (1966). The final announced guests included Hiroshi Koizumi (best known for his role as Doctor Shin’ichi Chujo in Mothra and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., among many other films), Akira Kubo (star of GorathMatango,Invasion of Astro-MonsterSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersSpace Amoeba and countless other Toho films) and suit actor Tsutomu Kitagawa (who played Ghidorah in Rebirth of Mothra III, and Godzilla for all six of the Millennium Godzilla films).

Also, an exclusive, fully licensed, limited-edition green vinyl figure of Godzilla from the original 1954 Godzilla will be sold at the event, courtesy of Marusan, Toho Co. ltd. and Super 7. There will only be a 100 of these figures produced in total.

 

July 7th update

Keith Aiken, of Henshin!Online, has revealed an event taking place in New York at the Film Forum in order to ring in the King of the Monsters’ 50th Anniversary. Called They Came from Toho: Godzilla and the Kaiju Eiga, the event runs from August 27th- September 9th, 2004. A more in-depth schedule is as follows:

Friday/Saturday, August 27/28
(1 admission pays for 2 films):
Godzilla (1954) – 2:45, 6:25, 10:05
[Japanese version, subtitled in English]

Destroy All Monsters (1968) – 1:00, 4:40, 8:20
[English dubbed]

Sunday/Monday, August 29/30
(1 admission pays for 2 films):
Mothra (1961) – 1:00, 4:35, 8:10
[English dubbed]

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) – 2:55, 6:30, 10:05
[Japanese version, subtitled in English]

Tuesday, August 31
(1 admission pays for 2 films):
Battle in Outer Space (1959) – 1:00, 4:15, 7:30
[English dubbed]

The H-Man (1958) – 2:40, 5:55, 9:10
[English dubbed]

Wednesday, September 1
(1 admission pays for 2 films):
Godzilla (1954) – 2:55, 6:20, 9:45
[English dubbed]

Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) – 1:00, 4:30, 7:55
[English dubbed]

Thursday, September 2
(1 admission pays for 2 films):
Son of Godzilla (1967) – 1:00, 4:15, 7:30
[Japanese version, subtitled in English]

Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) – 2:40, 5:55, 9:10
[English dubbed]

Friday/Saturday, September 3/4
(1 admission pays for 2 films):
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) – 1:00, 4:30, 8:00
[English dubbed]

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) – 2:45, 6:15, 9:45
[English dubbed, subtitled in Spanish]

Sunday/Monday, September 5/6
(1 admission pays for 2 films):
Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) – 5th 2:00, 6:00, 10:00 | 6th 6:00, 10:00
[Japanese version, subtitled in English]

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) – 4:00, 8:00
[English dubbed]

Monday, September 6
(1 admission pays for 2 films):
Godzilla Raids Again (1955) – 1:00
[English dubbed]

Rodan (1956) – 2:30
[English dubbed]

Tuesday, September 7
(1 admission pays for 2 films):
Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) – 1:10, 5:10, 9:10
[English dubbed]

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) – 3:10, 7:10
[Japanese version, subtitled in English]

Wednesday, September 8
(1 admission pays for 2 films):
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) – 1:00, 4:40, 8:20
[Japanese version, subtitled in English]

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) – 2:55, 6:35, 10:15
[Japanese version, subtitled in English]

Thursday, September 9
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) – 1:20, 3:20, 5:40, 7:40, 9:30
[Japanese version, subtitled in English]

The Film Forum theater is located at 209 West Huston Street, New York City, NY 10014. General admission is $10.00, or $5.00 for Film Forum members. Tickets can be ordered in advance at 212-727-8110 or online at http://www.filmforum.com/.

 

May 30th update

The Egyptian Theatre has announced a  “The Godzilla 50th Anniversary Tribute.” Their page related to the event can be seen here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/archive1999/2004/godzilla50.htm

The event runs from June 24th- June 29th, 2004. An in-depth schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 24 – 8:00 PM
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
88 minutes [Japanese version, subtitled in English]
Followed by discussion with director Masaaki Tezuka.

Friday, June 25 – 7:00 PM
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
91 minutes [Japanese version, subtitled in English]
Followed by discussion with director Masaaki Tezuka.

Friday, June 25 – 9:30 PM
Double Feature:
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
91 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
78 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

Saturday, June 26 – 5:00 PM
Ultraman Episode 10: The Mysterious Dinosaur Base (1966)
25 minutes [US version, English dubbed]
&
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
88 minutes [International version, English dubbed]
Followed by discussions with art director Yasuyuki Inoue and model builder Akinori Takagi

Saturday, June 26 – 8:00 PM 
Double Feature:
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
93 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
83 minutes [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

Sunday, June 27 – 2:00 PM
Triple Feature:
Rodan (1956)
72 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
85 minutes [US version, English dubbed and subtitled in Spanish]

The H-Man (1958)
79 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

-Ticket prices for the triple feature are: $12.00 General Public, $10.00 Students/Seniors and $8.00 Cinematheque Members. 10 minute intermission between each film, with an introduction to screenings by art director Yasuyuki Inoue and model builder Akinori Takagi.

Tuesday, June 29 – 7:00 PM 
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
87 minutes [International version, English dubbed]
Followed by discussions with art director Yasuyuki Inoue and model builder Akinori Takagi

Tuesday, June 29 – 9:15 PM
Double Feature:
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
89 minutes [International version, English dubbed]

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
100 minutes [International version, English dubbed]

Regular ticket prices at the Egyptian Theatre are $9.00 for general admission, $8.00 for students and seniors, and $6.00 for “Cinematheque members” (go here for information on becoming a member).

 

May 27th update

Although G-Fest is an annual show, it’s not surprising to see the next iteration is celebrating the King of the Monsters’ 50th anniversary. Below is the press release for this event.

G-Fest XI Convention Information

Fans celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Godzilla will be gathering July 9 – 11, 2004 at the O’Hare International Airport Holiday Inn in Rosemont, IL for G-FEST XI. The special guest for G-FEST XI is special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano (Godzilla vs. HedorahThe Return of GodzillaTerror of Mechagodzilla).

G-FEST XI will be screening Invasion of Astro-Monster (Monster Zero), Terror of Mechagodzilla, and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla at the Pickwick Theater in nearby Park Ridge, Illinois.

G-FEST XI will also have a giant dealers room, a super Godzilla display, model instruction, video room, Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Tournament, costume parade & contest, art contest, video contest and more.

Weekend admission tickets are $29.00 for adults, $10 for youth (12 and under). Daily admission (at the door) is $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for youths. Children 5 and under are admitted FREE.

For more information, log onto www.g-fan.com.

 

April 25th update

Keith Aiken over at Henshin!Online has reported on an event to be held at the Los Angeles, California Egyptian Theater, which is being dubbed “The Godzilla 50th Anniversary Tribute”. American Cinematheque is working hard (with Toho, Sony, and others) to screen a dozen, or more, of Toho’s classic Sci-fi entries during the period of June 25th – June 29th, 2004.

A list of known films to be screened, so far, include:

Guests scheduled to attend include: director Masaki Tezuka, whose portfolio of work includes Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) and more; production designer Yasuyuki Inoue who has an expansive portfolio which includes the model work for Godzilla (1954), Godzilla Raids Again (1955), Rodan (1956) and many more, not to mention designing Hedorah; production designer Akinori Takagi who also has an expansive portfolio which includes such things as designing the famous Type 66 Maser Beam Tank from War of the Gargantuas (1966), the Battleship Yamato from The Imperial Navy (1981) and the Super-X for The Return of Godzilla (1984).

Ticket prices at the Egyptian Theatre are $9.00 for general admission, $8.00 for students and seniors, and $6.00 for “Cinematheque members” (go here for information on becoming a member). Several of the films shown will be packaged as “double features.”

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