‘StarWars: The Empire Strikes Back,’ ‘Black Panther,’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’ Screen This Weekend at the Rose Bowl

Drive-In movies continue at the Rose Bowl
Published on Sep 9, 2020

Summer lingers in Southern California, and September nights are perfect for drive-in movies.

There are three films playing this weekend at the Rose Bowl Drive-In: “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Black Panther,” and “The Greatest Showman.”

“Black Panther” plays on Sept. 12 and “The Greatest Showman” is on Sept. 13. Both films screen at 4:30 p.m. Admission to both is $35 per carload.

“Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” a special showing for members of the Disney Club D23, begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

Admission for D23 Gold and Gold Family Members is $35 per car, plus a $5 processing fee. D23 General Members will pay $45 per car, plus a $5 processing fee. For tickets and more info, visit https://d23.com/d23-event/d23-drive-in-star-wars-the-empire-strikes-back-at-the-rose-bowl/

The second film in the series and the sequel to “Star Wars,” 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back” is set three years after the events of the first film with the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of Darth Vader and the Emperor, pursuing Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

The film takes on extra importance with the recent death of its namesake star Chadwick Boseman, who died at the age of 43.

“The Greatest Showman” takes viewers into the spellbinding imagination of a man who set out to reveal that life itself can be the most thrilling show of all.

Inspired by the legend of America’s original pop-culture impresario, P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), the film depicts an inspirational rags-to-riches tale of a brash dreamer who rose from nothing to prove that anything one can envision is possible and that everyone, no matter how invisible, has a stupendous story worthy of a world-class spectacle.

Jackman leads an all-star cast in this musical filled with infectious show-stopping performances that will have people honking their horns.

The film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.

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