IMAX and Veterans Advantage Host Exclusive Private Screening of “First Man” for Active Duty, Veterans, and Family Members for Veterans Day Celebration

Free Movie Screening - First Man

November 12 private screening of “First Man,” based on the biography of former Navy aviator and astronaut Neil Armstrong, continues the annual tradition of a free movie night for vets as part of Veterans Week NYC 2018, a week’s celebration surrounding Veterans Day.

NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2018 -- Veterans Advantage, PBC, together with IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX), proudly announces a free, private IMAX movie screening of the Universal Pictures’ “First Man” in honor of Veterans Day.

The Monday, November 12 private screening is available for military, veterans and their family members, including Veterans Advantage VetRewards Card holders. The film stars Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) as Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. Armstrong had also been a U.S. Navy aviator earlier in his career. The film is directed by Academy Award® winner Damien Chazelle (“La La Land,” “Whiplash”), and co-stars Claire Foy (Netflix’s “The Crown”) as Neil’s wife, Janet Armstrong.

Sponsored by IMAX, the private screening will be shown at 7 pm at the AMC Loews 34th Street at 312 West 34th Street, as part of Veterans Week NYC 2018. Attending veterans and their families will be offered free popcorn, soft drinks and goodie bags from IMAX, plus special prize giveaways.

"Our movie screenings have been very much appreciated by veterans and their families year after year thanks to the tremendous generosity of IMAX, and, once again, IMAX has committed to thanking our veterans with a top-notch motion picture,” said Scott Higgins, Co-Founder and CEO of Veterans Advantage. Higgins is also one of the founding partners of Veterans Week NYC. “We expect our members and fellow veterans to have a great night of entertainment and an opportunity to connect with each other.”

Over the past several years, IMAX and Veterans Advantage have held special Veterans Day private screenings such as “Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam,” “Lone Survivor,” starring Mark Wahlberg as Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, “Unbroken,” the biopic of WWII prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, “Sully,” about the heroic Hudson River plane landing by pilot Chesley Sullenberger, and most recently the Oscar-winning World War II drama “Dunkirk.”
"We are honored to be once again part of this fine tradition of honoring our veterans and families with top quality IMAX movies on Veterans Week," IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond said. “We are grateful Veterans Advantage continues to advocate for our most deserving of Americans in partnering with us for these special events, and reaching out to the veterans community on our behalf.”

Veterans Advantage is a proud presenting sponsor of Veterans Week NYC 2018 and that its VetRewards Card, a national military ID, is the Official Card of Veterans Week NYC.  Also in the spirit of the patriotic holiday, Veterans Advantage is giving 50% OFF on its exclusive benefits program, which includes the VetRewards Card for redemption of hundreds of military discounts and savings from top retailers and leading travel providers nationwide. 

About “First Man”
On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar® - winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.  A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Written by Academy Award®  winner Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post), the epic drama of leading under the pressure of grace and tragedy is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Isaac Klausner (Love, Simon) and Chazelle.  Steven Spielberg, Adam Merims and Singer executive produce, while Dreamworks Pictures co-finances the film.

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