Black Panther returning to theaters for free Black History Month screenings
Your local movie theater may soon be going back to Wakanda.
One day after Black Panther won the top film prize at the SAG Awards, Disney announced that the Marvel blockbuster will be returning to theaters for one week. Black Panther will screen at select AMC Theatres locations between Feb. 1 and 7 — and in celebration of Black History Month, tickets will be free.
In addition to the free screenings, Disney revealed that it will give a $1.5 million grant to the United Negro College Fund, which provides scholarships to help minority students attend college.
“Black Panther is groundbreaking for many reasons, including the rich diversity of voices behind its success,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “The story also showcases the power of knowledge to change the world for the better, and the importance of ensuring everyone has access to it. We’re proud to provide thousands of free screenings of Black Panther in hopes it will continue to inspire audiences, and to support UNCF with a $1.5 million grant to make the dream of higher education a reality for more students.”
The announcement comes less than a week after Black Panther scored an Oscar Best Picture nomination, making history as the first comic-book superhero movie to be nominated in the category. (It’s also just before the final round of Oscar voting, which runs Feb. 12-19.) In all, Black Panther scored seven Oscar nominations and raked in more than $1.3 billion worldwide during its original theatrical run.
For more on Black Panther, pick up EW’s Oscar issue, on stands now.