Carmike Cinemas To Bring Michael Jackson Memorial Service Live To Theatergoers In 28 Markets
Carmike Cinemas, Inc., a leading digital cinema and 3D motion picture exhibitor, announced today that the Michael Jackson memorial service will be shown live tomorrow, July 7, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT) in 28 markets, giving fans the opportunity to view a cinema-quality high-definition broadcast of the event for free.
Gary Green, Director of Alternate Content of Carmike Cinemas, stated, "This free live broadcast is a gift from Carmike Cinemas to all of Michael Jackson's fans as a way to present the memorial service in the best digital presentation available. As the world mourns the death of an iconic figure in music history, we are pleased to be able to offer our loyal patrons the chance to remember the King of Pop in a communal setting as a way to celebrate his life, music and many accomplishments."
Below is the listing of Carmike theatres that will be showing the Michael Jackson memorial service:
Theatre City State
CARMIKE 15 COLUMBUS GA
CROSS RD 16 CONYERS GA
WYNNSONG 11 SAVANNAH GA
WYNNSONG 16 MOBILE AL
CARMIKE 9 DYERSBURG TN
THOROUGHBRED 20 FRANKLIN TN
CARMIKE 14 JOHNSON CITY TN
WYNNSONG 16 KNOXVILLE TN
ROYAL PALM 20 BRADENTON FL
CARMIKE 10 ROANOKE VA
CARMIKE 10 ASHEVILLE NC
CARMIKE 16 JACKSONVILLE NC
UNIV 8 WARRENSBURG MO
SETH CHILDS 12 MANHATTAN KS
CARMIKE 20 EDINBURG TX
CARMIKE 16 EL PASO TX
CARMIKE 14 TYLER TX
CHAPEL HILLS 15 COLORADO SPRINGS CO
CARMIKE 10 FORT COLLINS CO
WYNNSONG 12 PROVO UT
CARMIKE 10 STILLWATER OK
MKT FAIR 15 FAYETTEVILLE NC
WYNNSONG 10 BILLINGS MT
CARMIKE 10 MISSOULA MT
WYNNSONG 16 JOHNSTON IA
OAKDALE 20 OAKDALE MN
BEVERLY 18 CHAMPAIGN IL
MARKET SQUARE 10 DEKALB IL
Those interested in attending the free live broadcast should arrive at the theatre approximately one hour before the memorial service. Attendance will be limited to the capacity of each auditorium.
Visit www.carmike.com for the complete theatre information and ticket availability.
The Los Angeles Times reported earlier that the Jackson family has released the official list of participants for tomorrow's Public Memorial Service for Michael Jackson. As was announced earlier Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson will attend and perform.
The complete list of all-star attendees also includes, Ron Boyd, Kobe Bryant, Andrae Crouch Choir, Berry Gordy, Shaheen Jafargholi (a finalist on Britain's Got Talent), Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King III, Bernice A. King, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooke Shields, Pastor Lucious Smith, Usher Raymond and Stevie Wonder. To read the full article click here.
A large number of television networks have confirmed coverage of the event Tuesday including, NBC, ABC, E! and CNN. 17,500 ticket were handed out randomly for the event. The site set up to handle registrations for the drawing reported a massive 500 million visitors in just the first hour and a half after becoming available. Since then more than 600,000 have registered for a chance to win the coveted tickets.
Jackson, 50, died Thursday, June 25th, after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles. His memorial will take place on Tuesday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The program will be simulcast at Los Angeles' nearby Nokia Theatre.
Michael's body is expected to be placed in a closed coffin on a raised plinth during the service. One of his trademark sequined gloves and a black fedora will be placed on top.
In a phenomenal, unparalleled career, Michael Jackson sold more than 750 million records, had 13 number one singles - more than any other male artist - and is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; once as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1997 and later as a solo artist in 2001. His numerous other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records, including one for "Thriller" as the world's best-selling album of all time - 100 million copies and counting.
Michael Jackson is survived by three children: Michael Jr., Paris, and Prince. He was not currently married, having previously divorced from Lisa Marie Presley and then Deborah Jeanne Rowe.