Photo: JOHN SPINK
Photo: JOHN SPINK

Plaza Theatre to pay tribute to Prince with 'Purple Rain' screening

You probably won’t have a hard time catching “Purple Rain” on a television or movie screen within the next few weeks.

Following news that music icon Prince died at age 57 years old, MTV dropped their scheduled programming and dedicated the rest of the day to playing the singer’s music videos and the 1984 musical drama

Now, a local theater is hosting a screening of the movie as a way to pay tribute to the artist’s legacy.

“Throw on your best purple outfit and come out for a special night as we encourage everyone to sing along with us to a soundtrack that is one that will live on in all of our hearts,” an event posting on Facebook reads. 

Plaza Theatre will host a screening of “Purple Rain” on April 28 at 9 p.m.

The screening will take place one week after the singer’s death and two weeks after he performed his last concerts at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

The singer originally postponed the shows, saying that he was battling the flu. Shortly after leaving Atlanta, news broke that his plane made an emergency landing. The singer was rushed to the hospital. 

A rep later told TMZ that Prince “wanted to make Thursday night’s performance in Atlanta, even though he was still not feeling well.” He started feeling worse after leaving Atlanta, hence the emergency landing. After a brief hospital stay in Moline he boarded the plane and “is now back home.'"

Prince performed a brief concert at Paisley Park on Saturday.

“Wait a few days before you waste any prayers,” he told fans at that show.

Tickets to the “Purple Rain” screening are $10 and are available through the Plaza Theatre’s box office and fandango.com.

If You Go: 9 p.m. midnight. April 28. $10 Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta. plazaatlanta.com.

Update: The theater has added a midnight screening!

Atlanta movie theaters show Purple Rain this weekend

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