Major League Baseball and the Atlanta Braves will host private screenings of the movie "42" for teenagers from Metro Atlanta on April 29 at 6:40 p.m. and May 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Station Regal Theatre 16. The youth have access to the movie free of charge and can share their experience online via Iam42.com. Attending the screenings will be youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, RBI, Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA, L.E.A.D., Friendship Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church Drum Line, Carver High School and Old National Athletic Association Red Knights.
"We have the unique opportunity to impact the next generation of ball players by introducing them to the man that changed the course of baseball history," said Atlanta Braves Community Affairs Director Ericka Newsome. "The exceptional film 42 provides us an outlet to educate our youth on the importance of equality and progression. We are honored to share this significant piece of history with Metro Atlanta teens."
"42 brilliantly depicts not only the proudest and most powerful event in baseball history, but also a watershed moment in American history and the Civil Rights Movement," said Commissioner Selig. "This film is a profound way for all of us throughout Major League Baseball to educate our next generation about Jackie Robinson's vital impact on our nation. I thank Thomas Tull and his colleagues for working with the Robinson family and allowing this enduring American story to be told to a worldwide audience. With our annual April 15th celebration, the wide-ranging efforts of all 30 Clubs and now this inspirational film, it is an honor for our industry to continue to shine a light on the vibrant legacy of Jackie Robinson."
The film is currently in theaters and stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed Jackie to the team. Presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, "42" is written and directed by Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland and is a Legendary Pictures Production. In its opening weekend, "42," which is available in more than 3,000 theaters nationwide, took in $27.5 million, marking the best opening weekend ever for a baseball movie according to multiple industry references.
Major League Baseball, in cooperation with all 30 MLB Clubs, is hosting private screenings of the film "42" for thousands of teenagers across the country and in Canada. All Clubs will select students in grades 8-12 from their respective communities to fill local theaters for the screenings.