Talking Heads Concert Film Turns 30, Select Anniversary Showings in NYC, Upstate NY

Thirty years ago, Talking Heads released the concert film Stop Making Sense. It was filmed in 1983 over the course of three December nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater during the “Speaking in Tongues” tour. Directed by Jonathon Demme and produced by Gary Goetzman, this filmed has been highly acclaimed by fans and critics alike.


To celebrate this piece of music and cinema history, there are select theatrical rereleases this summer, including some showings in the NYC and Upstate areas. The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY will be showing it May 22. The Brooklyn Academy of Music will be showing it two nights June 4 and 5. The Little Theatre in Rochester will be showing it June 16. And the Alamo in Yonkers will be screening it July 10. Also the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington, NY will get a screening but a date has yet to be announced.


The film shows Talking Heads at their best, with great shots and superior sound. With their hits firing on all cylinders such as “Burning Down the House,” “Psycho Killer,” and many more. The band really made it possible to bring the concert to experience to those where not fortune enough to see them during their hey day.

Check below for all the screening dates and locations of Stop Making Sense.

May 22 – Pleasantville, NY – Jacob Burns

May 23-June 5 – Ogden, UT – Art House Cinema 502

June 4-5 – Brooklyn, NY – BAM

June 7 – Portland, OR – Reed College

June 13-14 – Kansas City, MO – Tivoli Theatre

June 13-19 – Missoula, MT – Roxy

June 16 – Rochester, NY – Little Theater

June 18-20 – Los Angeles, CA – New Beverly

June 18, 22 – Columbus, OH – Gateway Film Center

June 19-22 – Oak Cliff, TX – Texas Theatre

June 22 – Phoenix, AZ Phoenix Center for the Arts

July 3 – Littleton, CO – Alamo

July 4-5 – Troy, OH – Mayflower

July 10 – Yonkers, NY – Alamo

July 14 – Austin, TX – Alamo Ritz

July 15, 17 – Kalamazoo, MI – Alamo

August 1-3 – Seattle, WA – SIFF Cinema

August 6 – Lexington, KY – Kentucky Theatre

August 14 – Houston, TX Miller Outdoor Theatre

August 14, 16 – Chicago, IL – Music Box

August 22-24 – Kansas City, MO – Armour

September 6 – New Orleans, LA – Shotgun Cinema

September 6, 8 – Silver Springs, MD – AFI Silver

September 19 – Kansas City, MO Kansas City Public Library

TBD – Kingston, Canada Screening Room Cinema

TBD – Los Angeles, CA – Oscar Theatre

TBD – Huntington, NY – Cinema Arts Center

TBD – Portland, OR – Academy Theater

TBD – Portland, OR – Northwest Film Center

TBD – Memphis, TN – Indie Memphis

TBD – Nashville, TN – Belcourt Theater

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