Alamo Drafthouse to Host Free 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' Screenings After Cathedral Fire

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'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (1939)

The screenings will be held at select locations including Austin, Texas; New York; San Francisco; and more.

Alamo Drafthouse will host a series of free screenings of the 1939 adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the wake of a massive fire that devastated France's iconic Notre Dame cathedral on Monday, the theater chain announced Thursday. 

The screenings, which are free to members of the chain's Victory rewards program, will be held at select Alamo Drafthouse locations including Austin, Texas; New York; San Francisco; and more.

"In times of loss, I want to spend time and reminisce and reflect," Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League said in a statement announcing the screenings. "But I also have a strong desire to revisit, on the big screen, my favorite cinematic memory of Notre Dame — and judging from the global response, I don't think I'm alone."

He added,"Bring your family, share with your friends, and let's all raise a glass to a global treasure, badly damaged but destined to triumphantly return."

Directed by William Dieterle, Hunchback of Notre Dame starred Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda, a gypsy framed for murder by the Chief Justice (Cedric Hardwicke) who is ultimately saved by the hunchbacked Quasimodo, played by Charles Laughton. Many other versions of the story, all adapted from Victor Hugo's 1831 novel, have appeared onscreen, including Disney's 1996 animated feature.

The Notre Dame inferno lasted more than 12 hours on Monday and destroyed the cathedral's spire and roof but not its famous bell towers. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that first responders were able to save some of the monument's "most precious treasures," such as the Crown of Thorns that is believed to have possibly been worn by Jesus.

French authorities have said they believe the fire was an accident, possibly spurred on by the restoration work that the cathedral, which was first opened to the public in 1345, was undergoing at the time.

See a full list of participating theaters, cities and screening dates below.

Austin, TX | Alamo Drafthouse Ritz | April 24
Denver, CO | Alamo Drafthouse Littleton | May 4
Denver, CO | Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake | April 24
New York, NY | Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn | April 22
Phoenix, AZ | Alamo Drafthouse Chandler | April 23
Raleigh, NC | Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh | April 23
San Francisco, CA | Alamo Drafthouse New Mission | April 23
Springfield, MO | Alamo Drafthouse Springfield | April 24
Tempe, AZ | Alamo Drafthouse Tempe | April 24