As announced by the Lowell Sun on November 25, the advanced showing of the flick will take place on Thursday, Dec. 9, one day before the movie hits the big screens across the nation. The event is to be held at Showcase Cinemas at 7:30 p.m., with a reception beforehand at the Courtyard by Marriott from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
If you’re looking to score tickets to the showing, some bad news is in store: according to Deb Belanger, executive director of the Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, in an interview for the Lowell Sun, tickets sold out within 45 minutes of going on sale at 10 a.m. the morning of Monday, Nov. 29. “It went fast and furious,” said Belanger. “I didn’t even hang up the phone when the next call came in. The phones were jammed up at one point because there was so much volume.” Approximately 300 tickets were sold for $75 each. Proceeds benefit Team Micky Ward Charities and the Visitors Bureau.
Shot in Lowell, Mass. in the summer of 2009, the Paramount Pictures film directed by David O. Russell details the life of “Irish” Micky Ward — played by Massachusetts native Mark Wahlberg — and Ward’s half-brother, Dickie Eklund — played by Christian Bale in the film — after his life is nearly destroyed by drugs and crime.
Rumor has it that the great fighter himself plans to be at the Lowell screening, and hopes that the film’s stars will also be in attendance.
Were you able to get tix to the coveted event?