Superhero Film “Black Panther” Opens in Cleveland With Special Events

Thu 2/15 @ 7PM

Sun 2/18 @ 5PM

Anyone who pays even a little attention to popular culture is aware of the waves that the new superhero film Black Panther, based on the Marvel Comics character, is making.

As the first such film with a black leading character and cast, it’s been breaking records for ticket pre-sales and sales, generated massive media attention and positive reviews, and garnered a Rotten Tomatoes score in the high 90% range, despite the promise of racist white nationalists that they planned to sabotage it. Their whining has been drowned out.

The film opens this Thursday in Cleveland at Shaker Square Cinemas, Regal Richmond Town Square Stadium and Atlas Cinemas Eastgate. On opening night, the Greater Cleveland Film Commission is presenting an evening at the Atlas Cinemas as a benefit for its work in bringing film jobs to Cleveland. The $30 ticket includes a seat to the film, an event T-shirt and the chance to win prizes after the screening.

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If tickets have all been snapped up to that by the time you read this, make an effort to go check it out at the Atlas Cinemas on Sunday when the 6pm screening will be preceded by a pane discussion on “The Impact of Visibility: Black Figures in Cinema.” Theater director Terence Spivey moderates a panel that includes actors John Henton, Mariama Whyte and Charles Bevel and casting director Lillian Pyles. It’s sponsored by the Cuyahoga Black Caucus. Tickets are $5.

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