Eclipse Theaters is for the children.
The luxury theater is partnering with various community groups to host screenings of Black Panther for about 600 local students.
The highly-anticipated film not only stars award-winning black actors playing royalty and warriors, but is also written and directed by African American talent.
According to Charles Whitby, the vice president of development with the 100 Black Men of Las Vegas, the movie has the potential of impacting young students of color who yearn to see people who look like them in powerful and important roles. “Everything about this movie shows our capabilities and it’s important that young people see that,” he says.
A fundraising campaign is currently underway. The goal is to raise $12,000, which will pay for tickets, popcorn and soda.
“We want them to leave the showing illuminated,” Whitby says. “We want them to be excited and know if they have a dream, they can shoot for it.”