Yippee Ki-Yay: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of ‘Die Hard’ at Nakatomi Plaza

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Yippee ki-yay, motherf—–! 20th Century Fox celebrated the 30th anniversary of John McTiernan’s 1988 action classic Die Hard in style last weekend. Fangirlish attended the outdoor screening in the shadow of Nakatomi Tower itself, a.k.a. Fox Plaza in Century City. Talk about the ultimate way to do Christmas in July.

Hundreds of people – many in Santa hats or shirts emblazoned with the film’s most iconic lines – gathered to enjoy the screening on the rooftop of a parking lot overlooking the tower, while the Nakatomi logo was projected onto the side of the building. Before the movie started at dusk, attendees were also treated to Twinkies and themed photo ops at the foot of the tower, including the chance to pose with a police car or a limo (complete with a stand-in for Argyle and a giant teddy bear).

As the sun set, stars Bonnie Bedelia (Holly Gennaro McClane) and Reginald VelJohnson (Sgt. Al Powell) introduced the film for cheering fans. They expressed their ongoing affection for the project and their gratitude for being a part of it. And then, it was Die Hard time.

This special evening was admittedly my first time seeing Die Hard (I know, I know) – but I think it would be impossible to top this viewing experience. Watching at the location where the film was shot added such a fun element to the screening, not to mention an appreciation for the beautiful and imposing building of Fox Plaza.

The movie is hailed as one of the greatest action films of all-time by many, and I’d have to agree – it’s intense, captivating, and badass. I left with some critical gaps in my pop culture reference knowledge filled in and a deeper understanding of just how influential Die Hard has been for the action genre (all the way up to the new Dwayne Johnson thriller Skyscraper, which clearly was majorly inspired by the Bruce Willis classic).

Here’s a look inside this incredible evening at Nakatomi Plaza:

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The Die Hard 30th Anniversary screening at Nakatomi Plaza (aka Fox Plaza) in Los Angeles – Photo By Dan Steinberg

Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald VelJohnson at the Die Hard 30th Anniversary screening at Nakatomi Plaza (aka Fox Plaza) in Los Angeles – Photo By Dan Steinberg

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If you’re ready to relive all the action of Die Hard, don’t miss the special 30th Anniversary edition, which includes some awesome bonus features such as commentary by Director John McTiernan and Production Designer Jackson DeGovia.

The Die Hard 30th Anniversary Edition is out now on 4K, Blu-ray, and Digital. 

Featured Image via Digital Spy

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