DVD Release DateElf celebrates 20th anniversary with special screenings at the Empire State Building

Elf celebrates 20th anniversary with special screenings at the Empire State Building

  • 20th anniversary screenings of Elf will be held at the Empire State Building on December 13.
  • AMC, Cinemark and Marcus Theatres are offering screenings of Elf throughout December.
  • The film made $227.4 million at the box office and is currently streaming on Hulu and Max.

It’s time to journey through the seven levels of the candy cane forest, the swirly twirly gum drops and the Lincoln Tunnel again; fans of the 2003 Christmas classic Elf have reason to be excited. They will have an opportunity to watch Will Ferrell portray Buddy the Elf on the big screen again, in the iconic location that King Kong himself scaled in 1933. The Empire State Building is hosting special 20th-anniversary screenings of director Jon Favreau’s must-see holiday movie on Wednesday, December 13. However, the price per ticket will cost a hefty $135! Read the official description of the special event below (per esbnyc.com):

“New Date added due to popular demand! Now Elf will be showing on December 13th! In the spirit of the holidays, the Empire State Building is proud to present not one, but FOUR different viewings of the beloved movie Elf, a classic that features Buddy the Elf and his journey to New York City and the Empire State Building. Attendees of all ages who purchase tickets will also receive complimentary snacks and drinks during the event.

Once the feature flick concludes, guests will make their way up to the 86th-floor Observatory, and the 102nd Floor Observatory — both included with every ticket — to take in incredible 360-degree views of New York City. Note: Please arrive at 6:30 PM to allow for time to go through the Empire State Building exhibits before the film starts at 7 PM.”

Elf ranks No. 4 on the best Christmas films of all time, thanks to Will Ferrell’s performance as Buddy and the story written by director Jon Favreau and screenwriter David Berenbaum. Though seeing the classic Christmas film at the Empire State Building is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, not everyone can afford the $135 price tag. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the movie’s 20th anniversary without breaking the bank.

AMC, Cinemark and Marcus Theatres are all offering 20th-anniversary screenings of Elf throughout December and across the United States. To find theaters, showtimes and tickets, visit Fandango’s official website. The cost of admission will vary by location, but it will be considerably lower than the Empire State Building’s special event unless fans want to rent out a theater for a private screening.

For those New Yorkers who still want to see Elf on Wednesday, December 13 if the event sells out, AMC Theatres are offering their own screenings in the Big Apple that same day. The AMC Empire 25 is screening the film at 5 p.m. EST for $5 a ticket! And the AMC Kips Bay 15 on second avenue will provide an IMAX screening ($8 a ticket) at 2 p.m.

Ferrell had a “weird feeling” about Elf, and the film ended up grossing an impressive $227.4 million at the worldwide box office during its theatrical release. Tickets for the 20th anniversary Elf screenings at the Empire State Building can be purchased at esbnyc.com. The film is currently streaming on both Hulu and Max.