Top celebrities and businesses buyout theatres for “Just Mercy”

Kobe Bryant

Leading up to the January 10th nationwide release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Just Mercy,” a growing list of luminaries, sports teams, faith leaders and global corporations have come out in support of the film through theatre buyouts.  The film, which opened in limited release on Christmas Day, has struck a chord with critics and moviegoers, earning an exceedingly rare A+ CinemaScore in addition to being Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 99% Audience Score.  “Just Mercy” has also won seven Audience Awards at film festivals across the country, including the Mill Valley, Chicago, Virginia, New Orleans, Twin Cities and Heartland Film Festivals.

People are inspired by the story of a true hero for our time, attorney Bryan Stevenson, a Black man who courageously took on powerful forces in Alabama to save the life of an innocent Black man on death row.  Bryan has since become an indomitable force for change, both in his community and across the nation, tirelessly fighting for justice for people trapped in a system where the cards are often stacked against them. 

Stars from the worlds of sports, acting, fashion and music, as well as sports teams, key faith leaders and churches, and multinational corporations, have been motivated to buy out entire theatres and offer free admission, in hopes of making this powerful story accessible to as many people as possible.  Some of those on the growing list of those doing theatre buyouts include:

  • Kobe Bryant
  • Kanye and Kim Kardashian West
  • John Legend
  • Common
  • Lena Waithe
  • Garrett Temple from the Brooklyn Nets
  • Devin McCourty, New England Patriots Defensive Back #32
  • Jason McCourty, New England Patriots Cornerback #30
  • Microsoft
  • Coach
  • Facebook
  • Goldhouse
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Prudential Financial
  • Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group
  • Eastdil Secured
  • The Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation & Third Point LLC
  • The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
  • Chris & Crystal Sacca
  • Michael & Lydia Kives
  • Sheryl Leach
  • William McMorrow, Chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson
  • just keep livin foundation
  • Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
  • Pastor Jamal Bryant and New Birth Church, Atlanta
  • Dr. Irishea Hilliard and New Light Church, Houston
  • Bishop Dale Bronner and Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, Atlanta
  • Sports teams including:
    • From the NBA: Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings
    • From the NFL: San Francisc

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