Angelika Film Center Launches Free Membership Program Alongside ‘The Duke’ Release

Angelika Cinema Center presents a special “Bring A Friend Back To The Movies” initiative for the April 22, 2022 release of Sony Pictures Classics’ upcoming comedy-drama, “The Duke.”

The “Bring A Friend Back To The Movies” initiative will offer guests a free ticket to anyone who purchases a ticket directly from the Angelika website, app or at an Angelika theater to see the upcoming movie, The Duke, during the first week of its release. . The goal of the initiative is to keep audiences coming back and reminding them that nothing beats seeing a movie on the big screen with a friend.

According to his website, the original Angelika Film Center & Café opened in New York’s Soho neighborhood in 1989. The Angelika screens an impressive and diverse mix of independent films and is the cinema of choice for filmmakers and cinephiles. Since its opening, the Angelika New York has become the most successful and recognized art house in the United States.

“We are thrilled that the Angelika has partnered with us for The Duke to ‘Bring a Friend Back to the Movies,'” said Sony Pictures Classics Co-Chairman Tom Bernard. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on cinemas and the cinematic experience, but with the ability to vaccinate and stimulate people, as well as increased health and safety protocols at cinemas like the Angelika , going to the movies is as safe or safer than going to a crowded bar or restaurant. We know people are finally ready to sit down, and Roger Michell’s The Duke, starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, is the perfect film to remind viewers and their friends of their penchant for the cinema viewing experience.

Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on April 22 before expanding to other cities over the following weeks. The Duke premiered at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals in 2021 and is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 95%.

The Duke is the first film to tell the extraordinary true story of a 60-year-old taxi driver, Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), who stole the portrait of the Duke of Wellington by Spanish Romantic artist Francisco Goya from the National Gallery in London; the only painting ever stolen from the National Gallery in its 196-year history.

To add to the “Bring a Friend Back to the Movies” experience, select Angelika locations will also offer each The Duke ticket holder a special priced fraction of bubbly to share with their friend to celebrate their return to the movies.

Following this initiative, Angelika Film Center plans to launch the Angelika Membership Program on Friday, April 29, 2022. The Angelika Membership Program, which will be free, offers exclusive rewards and perks for moviegoers. Rewards and benefits will include: earning points on movie tickets, food and beverages; free surprise screenings every month; free popcorn for you and a guest on your birthday; select free streaming on Angelika’s curated platform, Angelika Anywhere; half-price tickets every Tuesday; and member discounts on online food and beverage orders and merchandise.

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