FilmRise Mounts ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ 35th Anniversary Theatrical Tribute With Alamo Drafthouse

FilmRise, the New York City-based film and television studio and streaming network, Sept. 8 announced a pact with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to screen Unsolved Mysteries: Behind the Legacy on Oct. 4, in honor of the 35th anniversary of the former NBC/CBS true crime series, hosted by the late Robert Stack.

The new television special is co-produced by FilmRise and series creators Cosgrove/Meurer Productions. Fans of the show will be treated to a 90-minute presentation created exclusively for Alamo Drafthouse theatergoers, which includes the 60-minute TV special and more than 30 minutes of fan-favorite moments. FilmRise and Cosgrove/Meurer Productions will also host a special VIP invitation-only screening event at Alamo Drafthouse’s downtown Los Angeles venue that same evening.

Tickets to the screening events are on sale now at Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide at drafthouse.com.

“We wanted to honor the fans who have played such an integral role in the success of the series, both as fiercely dedicated viewers, and as case solvers with their call-in tips,” Sal Scamardo, VP of marketing and distribution at FilmRise, said in a statement.

John Smith, senior film programmer for Alamo Drafthouse, said that as a fan of the series, getting the opportunity to see it commemorated is a special moment.

“I’m one of the many, many millennials whose Wednesday evenings were spent absorbed in ‘Unsolved Mysteries,’ and who, in the present day, have been able to binge these classic episodes thanks to FilmRise,” Smith said in a statement.

The one-hour “Unsolved Mysteries: Behind the Legacy” special will be available to stream for free nationwide on AVOD in the United States on Oct. 5. The theatrical special will follow thereafter on streaming platforms worldwide.

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The specials include series co-creators Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove, along with long-time actors, producers, and directors of the show, who discuss their experiences and favorite cases. The crew divulges behind the scenes stories and covers all aspects of the show, from research and casting to solving mysteries soon after episodes aired. In addition, the special features never-before-seen outtakes of host Stack, and a look into some fan-favorite moments.

“Unsolved Mysteries” spent nine seasons on NBC before moving to CBS for two more seasons. Stack’s haunting voice and commanding presence left audiences with chills. The show was the very first program that enabled audiences to play a role in helping an investigation by submitting a story or sending in a tip, which was a novel strategy at the time.

‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Revived on Netflix

The mystery docuseries “Unsolved Mysteries” is being revived by the original creators, Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, along with the producers of “Stranger Things” for a rebirth on Netflix.

“This modern take on the classic series will maintain the chilling feeling viewers loved about the original, while also telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series,” according to a Netflix release. “Each episode will focus on one mystery and once again will look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases.”

Terry Dunn Meurer is showrunning the new version of the show she co-created with fellow EP John Cosgrove. Shawn Levy and Josh Barry are executive producing for 21 Laps.

The original “Unsolved Mysteries” ran for 11 seasons and 260 episodes chronicling over 1,000 stories, and received six Emmy nominations.