A day after Prince’s shocking death, theater chains and even small exhibitors have responded with affection by requesting prints from Warner Bros. for the Grammy and Oscar winner’s 1984 pic Purple Rain. Overall, there will be north of 160 theaters playing Purple Rain in the next week.
Carmike Cinemas will show Purple Rain starting tomorrow through Thursday in 80 venues across 24 states. AMC Theatres’ special content and programming teams worked with Warner Bros. distribution to bring the title to the screen this weekend at 87 locations over the next six days.
Here in the Los Angeles Southland, the pic is booked at AMC’s Atlantic Times Square 14, Broadway 4, Covina 17, Norwalk 20, Ontario Mills 30, Orange 30, Promenade 16, and Rolling Hills 20.
Purple Rain was loosely based on Prince’s life and opened as his career caught the zeitgeist in July 1984. The pic’s soundtrack sold more than 13M copies in the U.S. and featured such iconic hit singles as “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Purple Rain” and “I Would Die 4 U.” Directed by Albert Magnoli and co-written by Magnoli and William Blinn, Purple Rain made $68.4M at the domestic box office.
Prince won an Oscar for the movie in the category of best music/original song score.