‘Hidden Figures’ Set for Free Screenings in 14 Cities for Black History Month

Hidden Figures
Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Fox and AMC Theatres have set free screenings for “Hidden Figures” on Feb. 18 in 14 U.S. cities to celebrate Black History Month.

The film — starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe — tells the story of three female, African American NASA mathematicians during the Space Race of the 1960s. “Hidden Figures” has been nominated for three Academy Awards, including best picture and best supporting actress for Spencer’s portrayal of Dorothy Vaughan.

The drama has continued out-performing forecasts at the box office and has topped $144 million in the U.S. The screenings are intended to build broader awareness of the true story on which the film is based.

Fox and AMC Theatres have also invited school and community groups, and non-profit organizations to apply for additional special screenings to be held in their towns.

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“As we celebrate Black History Month and look ahead to Women’s History Month in March, this story of empowerment and perseverance is more relevant than ever,” said Liba Rubenstein, 21st Century Fox’s senior vice president of social impact. “We at 21CF were inspired by the grassroots movement to bring this film to audiences that wouldn’t otherwise be able to see it — audiences that might include future innovators and barrier-breakers — and we wanted to support and extend that movement.”

Henson stars as Katherine Johnson and Monae portrays Mary Jackson, with Mahershala Ali, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner also starring in the Ted Melfi-directed drama.

“The storytelling and message that ‘Hidden Figures’ carries is endearing and inspiring, and based on the remarkable community support this movie has received. We have witnessed first-hand the powerful impact it is having on audiences,” said Elizabeth Frank of AMC. “We’re honored to partner with Fox to help further the reach of this message to moviegoers across the country.”

Free screenings will be held in Atlanta, Baltimore, The Bronx, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia,  Oakland, St. Louis, Miami, and Washington, D.C. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis and can be reserved here.

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  1. I loved hidden figures!!! My husband and I went to see it when it was only available in select theaters. I couldn’t wait and I want to see it again! Perhaps I’ll take my mom she wants to see it I would love to take my grandmother too, it’s just hard for her to get around. I appreciate so much that they are offering this free screening. I love history especially my own, our own so much so that I wrote a book about it. My Black Excellence award winning book is titled “With These Hands; A Country Girl Came To Town “! It’s the story of a double minority (black woman) like the ladies in hidden figures who opened her business during the height of the civil rights movement. Selena owned two beauty salons in the same block which were housed in two of the few of the hotels that black entertainers were allowed to stay in so she serviced all type of people from Sarah Vaughn to Sammy Davis Jr’s wife. She went on to become known as the Hair Weev Queen and the Weev Dr. owning and operating multiple salons in Chicago and Detroit teaching the art of HairWeev technology from here to Trinadad servicing clients from here to Africa. It’s a Mississippi migration to Chicago Sensation story that I hope and have always prayed would become a film. #LoveHistory #HerStory

  2. GM Kelly says:

    Delighted to see this take place in other cities. Taking the lead from Ms.Spencer and Ms. Henson, in our community we hosted a screening for our local Boys and Girls Club. A oyful time had by all.

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