We will be attending a free advance showing of "Belle" at the Pacific Place Cinema (downtown Seattle). This is a highly anticipated film based on the true story of a young mixed race woman who is raised by an aristocratic family in England in the late 1700s . Here is a description of the film taken from the Landmark Theatres web site:
“Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.”
Here is a preview of this film:
Belle - trailer
This film has an 80 rating at rottentomatoes.com; here is the link to that web site where you can read or scan all of the reviews to see if this film is for you:
tomatometer - Belle
We will be attending the showing that starts at 7:00. Admission to this showing is free, and our group will be admitted ahead of everyone else. We have guaranteed seats. Please read the following directions so you understand how this will work:
The twenty-four guaranteed seats will be distributed by signing up for this event on a first-come first-served basis. If you end up as one of the twenty-four "finalists" you will get guaranteed admission if you show up no later than 6:00 outside of the Pacific Place Cinemas. Please show up earlier if you can since I have a large number of people to check-in. When you meet me I will give you a name tag which you will need to show me when we enter the theater. Please note that if you are a no show or cancel at the last minute you will not be eligible for free preview showings in the future though you are still welcome to participate in any other cinema club meetup. Persons who had spots to past free preview showings or showings at my home or a reservation to the Academy Awards viewing party and who did not show up will have their name removed from the "attending" list; I have your names. You can only sign up for yourself; the "guest" option has been turned off. If another person shows up with you he or she might get admitted once everyone with an RSVP and anyone on the waiting list who shows up on a speculation basis has been admitted.
Our group will be admitted to the theater around 6:15 so if you arrive after that time there will be no way that I can have you admitted or pass a general admission ticket to you (which I don't have anyway).
Meet me near the box office of the Pacific Place Cinema. I am an Asian American who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (beret, rain hat, African skull cap). There is a head shot of me in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until 6:15 or thereabouts. Please note that I use a "dumbphone" (no frills, no data capability though it does meet military standard 810G - eg, it will operate in a sand storm) so do not send me any text messages or post a comment on the web site - I will not see these.
There will be an optional food and beverage stop at the conclusion of the film. Note: conclusion = after all of the credits have rolled by. Meet me just outside of the theater near the box office. If you use the restroom notify someone so that we do not leave without you
PS: Here is the painting of Dido Belle and her cousin that used to be displayed at the Kenwood House near London.