Arizona Harkins Theatres to honor late Chadwick Boseman this weekend

In this Feb. 14, 2018 photo, actor Chadwick Boseman poses for a portrait in New York to promote his film, “Black Panther.” Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died of cancer at the age of 43 on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, his representative said. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

PHOENIX — Harkins Theatres in metro Phoenix and across the state will be showing films of Chadwick Boseman this weekend to honor the late actor who died of cancer last week at the age of 43.

The theatre chain in a press release announced it would be showing “42” on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., “21 Bridges” on Saturday at 4 p.m. and “Get On Up” on Sunday at 1 p.m.

In “42,” Boseman took on the role of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ great Jackie Robinson who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947, while “Get on Up” has Boseman star as the musical legend James Brown in a biographical drama.

Boseman in “21 Bridges” plays a New York Police Department detective who shuts down the city’s bridges to catch two suspected cop killers.

Six Valley locations will be participating in the weekend event to honor Boseman, including: Arrowhead Fountains, Camelview at Fashion Square, Chandler Fashion, Gateway Pavilions, Superstition Springs and Tempe Marketplace.

Tucson Spectrum and Yuma Palms will also show the movies, as well as the Harkins Theatres location in Flagstaff.

Tickets cost $5 for each film and can be purchased online with all proceeds being donated to cancer research.

Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, according to his family, but had not spoken publicly about it.

He died at his Los Angeles home on Aug. 28 with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.

Dan Harkins, owner of Harkins Theatres, said in the press release that Boseman “was a true Hollywood icon with a bright future.”

“We are proud to honor his memory through film and to help support a charity fighting to end cancer.”

Boseman rose to global fame with his role as Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, with many imitating his “Wakanda Forever” salute before and after his death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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