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Special Charity Preview Screenings of The Garfield Movie to be held for MediCinema to support the wellbeing of NHS hospital patients

16th Apr 2024

Special public charity previews to take place on Sunday 12th May in over 300 locations across the UK before the film opens exclusively in cinemas on May 24th.


NHS patients in hospital will also be amongst the first in the UK to see the film on Saturday 11th May at MediCinemas in Newport, Newcastle and London.


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To celebrate the opening of Columbia Pictures/Alcon Entertainment’s The Garfield Movie in the UK, special preview screenings will take place in cinemas across the country on Sunday 12th May, ahead of its debut in cinemas via Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) on 24th May.  SPE and participating cinemas are generously donating all income received from ticket sales to support the work of MediCinema.


Patients in hospital will also be treated to a special preview the day before, on Saturday 11th May, at the in-hospital cinemas run by MediCinema: at the Serennu Children’s Centre in Newport, the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.


Garfield (voiced by Chris Pratt), the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure! After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father – scruffy street cat Vic (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) – Garfield and his canine friend Odie are forced from their perfectly pampered life into joining Vic in a hilarious, high-stakes heist.


Exhibitors taking part include: Vue, Cineworld, Showcase, Odeon, The Light, Empire, Everyman, Picturehouse, Omniplex UK,  WTW + Scott Cinemas, Savoy Cinemas, Film Centre Wells, Abbeygate Bury St Edmunds and many other independent cinemas.


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We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Sony and all the exhibition partners taking part. By donating their income from these screenings to MediCinema they and their customers are helping to support patients visiting our cinemas. We know that this vastly improves the experience of being in hospital and these special previews will mean that so many more NHS patients and their families will benefit.

Colin Lawrence, CEO MediCinema

We are always delighted to have an opportunity to support MediCinema and this collaboration means UK audiences will have a special opportunity to watch The Garfield Movie at charity previews two weeks before the movie’s general release on May 24th. MediCinema is a wonderful charity that does tremendous work bringing the magic of film to NHS patients in hospital, and we are delighted that an iconic family favourite like Garfield can help this important cause. We are grateful to our partners in exhibition for joining us in supporting MediCinema and hosting these screenings in their cinemas.

Ian George, Managing Director at Sony Pictures Releasing UK & Ireland

About The Garfield Movie

Directed by Mark Dindal. Screenplay by Paul A. Kaplan & Mark Torgove and David Reynolds. Based on the Garfield® characters created by Jim Davis. Producers are John Cohen, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Steven P. Wegner, Craig Sost and Namit Malhotra. Executive Producers are Jim Davis, Bridget McMeel, David Reynolds, Scott Parish, Carl Rogers, Tom Jacomb, Crosby Clyse, Chris Pflug, Simon Hedges, Louis Koo, Steve Sarowitz, Justin Baldoni and Peter Luo. The film features the voices of Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Cecily Strong, Harvey Guillén, Brett Goldstein and Bowen Yang.


About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, Sony Pictures International Productions, and Sony Pictures Classics.


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