Neil Patrick Harris, Kristen Bell & More Bought Out Theaters for Free Screenings of 'Love, Simon'
There is no denying at this point that Love, Simon is a cultural phenomenon. The film, centered around a gay teenager working his way through the coming out process, has received near-universal acclaim, and has made over $20 million at the box office domestically.
Perhaps a large part of why the film made such an impact at the box office in its second weekend is thanks to some of your favorite celebrities. A number of high-profile actors, musicians and Hollywood executives bought out local theaters this weekend so that more people could go see Love, Simon for free.
So my husband David (@dbelicious) and I enjoyed @lovesimonmovie so much, we wanted to pay it forward. Others are doing this, and I’m so on board. So we bought out a screening at a theatre in my hometown of Albuquerque, NM for this Sunday afternoon. It’s free, and a great chance to see this wonderful film. Hope you can make it! Swipe left for details.
Neil Patrick Harris posted on his Instagram Saturday that he had bought out a theater in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico so that fans of the film could go see it for free. “We bought out a screening at a theater in my hometown of Albuquerque, NM for this Sunday afternoon,” he wrote. “It’s free, and a great chance to see this wonderful film.”
Love, Simon is a KNOCKOUT. There are so many important stories that don’t get made. I am so grateful this one did. ❤️I had absolutely nothing to do with the making of this movie—I just have a huge crush on it and I’d like to share the love. Minneapolis, please enjoy a screening of Love, Simon this Sunday on me. :) Enjoy!
Kristen Bell also decided to buy out a theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The actress wrote on her Instagram “I had absolutely nothing to do with the making of this movie -- I just have a huge crush on it and I’d like to share the love.”
Other celebrities, including Matt Bomer, Scott Hoying & Mitch Grassi of Superfruit, Tyler Oakley and the film’s director Greg Berlanti, followed suit, buying out theaters in Texas, Michigan, Mississippi and Kentucky, respectively.
@gberlanti and I have been so emotionally affected by the reactions to @lovesimonmovie that we have decided to buy out two theaters. We’ve partnered with local LGBTQ organizations in Jackson, MS and Louisville, KY. Our hope is that young LGBTQ people in these cities that might not have the opportunity to see @lovesimonmovie now will have the chance. Thank you everyone for supporting such an important beautiful movie! Scroll for more info... #lovesimon #pflag
"Greg and I have been so moved by everyone reaching out about #LoveSimon, especially young LGBTQ people and allies who have connected personally to the story," wrote Berlanti’s husband Robbie Rogers on Instagram. “We have been equally moved by the people buying out theaters to make sure this film reaches as many young people as possible and to that end we are working with various LGBTQ organizations to buy out theatres in Jackson, MS and Louisville, KY for young LGBT kids who could normally not afford to buy a ticket."
Love, Simon is in theaters now.