Local moviegoers jump at chance to watch hit film free of charge
March 25, 2018 06:54 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A line was already forming outside the theater 20 minutes before the film was set to start; local moviegoers who jumped at the opportunity to not only catch a free flick, but one that deeply impacted one Albuquerque-bred celebrity.
Dozens arrived early at the AMC Albuquerque 12 in the South Valley Sunday afternoon, taking advantage of an offer by Neil Patrick Harris to attend a bought-out screening of "Love, Simon," a new LGBT film that has resonated across the country since its release last weekend.
"This movie is so important to LGBT youth, and just being able to see our story on the screen because we don't really get a lot of good love stories," said moviegoer Kimberly Candelaria. "So I think, with 'Love, Simon,' we definitely get to have that."
The crowd actually started showing up almost three hours before the 1:45 p.m. showing. By 12:30 p.m., it was a full house.
Harris posted about the film's impact on him on Friday via Instagram, and joined a number of celebrities in announcing he'd bought out screenings so that others can experience it free of charge.
"It's just really awesome that celebrities are doing this," Candelaria said.
The theater's manager told KOB they've been getting phone calls all weekend long from people asking about the showing. 111 people got the chance to watch the film on the big screen for free, including Adriana Hunter.
"I find it really cool since I'm also a part of the LGBT (community), so I think (it's important for) people who are in this community to be able to see and learn what it's like to also struggle as a high school student who's also LGBT," Hunter said.
Updated: March 25, 2018 06:54 PM
Created: March 25, 2018 04:28 PM
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