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Movie theaters offer free tickets for kids to see 'Selma'

Posted January 18, 2015

Four Triangle movie theaters are offering free tickets for kids to see the movie "Selma."

According to SelmaStudentTickets.com, the effort is lead by African-American leaders in New York and other groups across the country. It began in New York where 27,000 seventh, eighth and ninth graders were able to see the film for free. It has since expanded to theaters across the country thanks to the success of the program in New York.

The PG-13-rated movie tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s three-month campaign to secure equal voting rights.

In the Triangle, four theaters are participating: AMC Southpoint 17 in Durham; Regal Movies at Timberlyne 6 in Chapel Hill; Regal Crossroads IMAX 20 in Cary; and Regal North Hills Stadium 14 in Raleigh.

Be sure to check with the theater to get exact details on what is offered, who can get the free tickets and what they'll need to bring to get a free ticket. Students typically are required to bring a school ID or report card. The deal also might not cover every showtime.

I made some quick checks around this evening, but be sure to call before you go as tickets are limited and deals could change.

At AMC Southpoint, the free showings are available for the 10 a.m. and noon showtimes on Monday. At Timberlyne, I'm told, the deal is available for any showtime this week. At North Hills and Crossroads, the deal is good for showtimes on Monday. At all but Crossroads, representatives said that the offer extends to all students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. At Crossroads, I was told that the offer extends to middle school and high school students. (Just remember, the movie is rated PG-13).

Again ... check before you go!

Students are invited to share their images and response to the film using #SelmaForStudents.

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  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 20, 2015

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    Martin Luther King Jr. is a real hero and historically significant figure in our history! Unfortunately from what I've read this is not a real historic account though as it portrays Lyndon Johnson dirty-dealing antagonist as opposed to the partner to King he actually was.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/01/18/263512728/when-king-and-johnson-joined-forces-to-fight-the-war-on-poverty

  • Harvey Smith Jan 20, 2015
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    Good, Children should learn the real history of this country when it comes to labor an civil rights, not some white washed view of our history. Ignorance is not bliss.

  • lopo Jan 20, 2015

    Why not free tickets to saving private Ryan and see who the real heroes are of this country.

  • PJM Jan 20, 2015

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    actually awareness is better than ignorance!

  • Obama-in-2016 Jan 19, 2015

    I sure hope a movie is made on Al Sharpton. King was good, but Sharpton is much better and has done more for black people.

  • flyfish42 Jan 19, 2015

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    Right, we don't want the next generation to know anything about history. Or even the current generation, correct?

  • Vincent Vega Jan 19, 2015

    Brainwashing the next generation.