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.