Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies, hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis, will feature free showings of four of the company's top films

By Ally Mauch
April 14, 2020 03:19 PM
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Heading to the movie theater may not be an option as the coronavirus prompts shutdowns and social distancing measures, but Lionsgate is looking to provide the next best thing.

The entertainment company will be debuting Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies on YouTube Friday. The initiative will be spread over the next month, featuring a new movie each week.

The Hunger Games will be shown on Friday at 9 p.m. ET, followed by Dirty Dancing on April 24, La La Land on May 1 and John Wick on May 8.

Jamie Lee Curtis is hosting Lionsgate Live!, which is meant to mimic the communal experience of going to the movies. The Knives Out actress will offer her own commentary and welcome other celebrity guests and YouTube personalities.

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In addition to providing entertainment to fans who are following stay at home orders, Lionsgate will be making a donation to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and encourage viewers to donate as well.

The organization is aimed at helping workers in the motion picture industry, many of whom have been furloughed due to coronavirus-related shutdowns.

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“There’s nothing that will replace the magic of seeing a movie together with your fellow moviegoers in a theater on a big screen, but this is a chance for America to come together to recreate the experience,” Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group said in a press release.

“This is a great chance to show the country’s theatrical employees how much we miss going to their theaters and how much we support them,” he added.

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