12:00pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Trek' to Get 50th Anniversary Convention in New York
This September, Star Trek marks its 50th anniversary by returning from the final frontier and landing in New York City for Star Trek: Mission New York, a three-day event based around a celebration of the beloved TV and movie franchise.
Taking place Sept. 2-4 at the Javits Center, Mission New York comes from New York Comic-Con organizers ReedPOP. Lance Festerman, global svp for the company, said in a statement that the new convention "will be a completely unique fan event unlike anything seen before, giving [fans] the chance to go beyond panels and autograph signings, and immerse themselves in the Star Trek universe."
CBS consumer products evp and general manager Liz Kalodner added that the show "will celebrate everything going on in the Star Trek universe, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring it back to the birthplace of the original Star Trek convention and do so with a partner like ReedPOP."
Sure enough, the very first Trek convention took place in New York City, at what was then the Statler Hotel (now the Hotel Pennsylvania) Jan. 21-23 in 1972. In attendance were a number of Trek and sci-fi luminaries, including the show's creator Gene Roddenberry and science fiction author Isaac Asimov.
Further details about Star Trek: Mission New York will be "revealed in the coming weeks," according to ReedPOP. Star Trek's official anniversary is Sep. 8, half a century after the show's 1966 debut on NBC.
Star Trek Beyond, the latest installment in the movie series based on the original series, will beam into theaters July 22.