Walton Arts Center, Walmart AMP Launch Saturday Cinema

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Sept. 2, 2020Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP are launching Saturday Cinema, screenings of classic movies, documentaries and recorded performances on the large screens at each venue. 

Saturday Cinema kicks off at Walton Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 12 with a 2 pm showing of Blinded by the Light for $10 and a 7 pm showing of Kinky Boots for $15. Tickets to these films can be purchased now by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

The first Saturday Cinema screening at the Walmart AMP will be Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl at 8 pm on Saturday, Sept. 19, which also happens to be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 8. Purchase tickets by calling 479.443.5600 or visiting amptickets.com.

“Our selection process is driven in part by how many people we think will turn out for any given title,” said Scott Galbraith, vice president of programming and executive producer at Walton Arts Center. “Generally since the AMP has the largest seating capacity, it will feature large, sweeping action films for the family. At Walton Arts Center, we’ll focus more on films that connect with other cultures or ones that folks simply may not have seen before.”

While large-scale performances are suspended through the end of 2020, smaller-scale intermission programming, including Saturday Cinema, is made possible in part by the Ghost Light Recovery Fund.

Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP have implemented additional health and safety precautions to protect patrons and staff from the spread of COVID-19. These precautions have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Masks are required and physical distancing will be in place. Cashless concessions will be available. For details about all of the health and safety protocols for these and future movie screenings at Walton Arts Center visit www.waltonartscenter.org and at the Walmart AMP visit www.amptickets.com.

About the films:

Blinded by the Light

From writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) comes the inspirational drama Blinded by the Light, set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs. Blinded by the Light tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in Luton, England in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of “the Boss,” Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice. The film is based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park.

Rated PG-13

Kinky Boots

Strutting its stuff from London’s Adelphi Theatre is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. The show features songs from Grammy and Tony-award winning pop icon Cindy Lauper, book by legendary Broadway playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles) and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray). Inspired by true events, this huge-hearted hit is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth. Charlie is a factory owner struggling to save his family business, and Lola is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen. But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship. This unique screening features original West End leads Killian Donnelly (as shoemaker’s son Charlie) and Matt Henry, who won the Olivier Award for his performance as Lola.

Recommended for audiences 13 years and older.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The first installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series released in 2003. The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the governor's beautiful daughter Elizabeth. Starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Directed by Gore Verbinski, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Rated PG-13

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.