Ava DuVernay Creates Awesome Pop-Up Theater So Hometown Can See 'A Wrinkle In Time'

by Cassandra Stone
Image via Twitter/Ava DuVernay

There are no movie theaters in Compton, so DuVernay brought her own

Ava DuVernay, the director of A Wrinkle in Time, asked Disney if the first public screening of her movie could be in her hometown. There are no movie theaters in Compton, and DuVernay was determined to let her hometown kids enjoy the full theater experience.

With the help of Disney and several local volunteers, Compton kids were treated to a special screening of DuVernay’s new movie a week before the rest of the world gets to see it. Pretty darn cool, huh?

“They created a theater experience with fab sound and picture quality out of a community center since there are no movie theaters in Compton,” DuVernay said about Disney. “I thank them. And these kids do too.”

In the video she shared, the joy filling the room is palpable.

DuVernay joins other celebrities doing good for kids who may not be able to see amazing and important films — Octavia Spencer recently rented out an entire theater in her home state so local kids could watch Black Panther.

Many people commented on the power of how doing good things like this can positively impact children and communities.

The event also included a giant spread of food, photo opportunities, and the full red carpet treatment.

Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time has been one of the most popular science fantasy book for children and young adults — it was the first novel of its kind I’d ever read when I was in 6th grade. It’s won dozens of literary awards because it’s inspiring. It’s also one hell of a journey. The story surrounds a young girl, Meg Murray, who is dubbed a “troublemaker” in school but learns about her own power as well as that of the entire universe as she and her younger brother search for their missing father.

It’s a must-read for the young. So naturally, the movie is a must-see — especially since it’s directed by DuVernay and stars Oprah, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Storm Reid.

Good on DuVernay for making sure a whole new generation of kids get to enjoy the magical journey.