Disney and Marvel Studios announced that Black Panther will return to 250 select AMC Theaters to celebrate Black History Month from February 1-7. Not only will the film return to theaters, but Disney ensures tickets to the showings will be free. There will also be two showings her theater.
Along with bringing Black Panther back to theaters for free, the Walt Disney Company revealed they will provide a $1.5 million grant to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
Disney CEO Bob Iger discussed why Disney is bringing Black Panther back to theaters.
“‘Black Panther’ is groundbreaking for many reasons, including the rich diversity of voices behind its success. 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.”
UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax thanked Disney for their grant:
“We know that providing aspiring young minority talent with scholarships and professional development opportunities is vital to making their dreams a reality. UNCF is grateful for The Walt Disney Company’s enduring commitment to expanding these types of opportunities, and we’re excited to continue to do so through our Walt Disney Company/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program. I recall the excitement we all had when ‘Black Panther’ was first released and it’s fantastic that Disney is bringing the record-breaking movie back to the big screen so that we can relive that excitement. Wakanda Forever!”
Not to be left out, AMC CEO and President Adam Aron added:
“Almost a year ago, movie-lovers were transported to Wakanda, and the guest response to ‘Black Panther’ was unlike anything our industry has seen before. AMC is excited this best-picture nominated film is once again accessible on the big screen at AMC. We are also pleased to play a constructive role in Disney’s generous support of Black History Month.”
Black Panther would gross over $700 million in the United States and over $1.3 million worldwide. It would become the third highest grossing unadjusted domestic film of all time. The film would take home two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.
Black Panther is nominated for seven Academy Awards including Costume Design, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Best Picture, Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.