Lionsgate has teamed with YouTube to livestream films such as The Hunger Games, Dirty Dancing, La La Land and John Wick for free on the platform. The studio recently announced that it aims to honour the communal experience of watching movies in movie theatres and support the people who make those places great with a special program that reminds everyone how much we love going to the cinema.
The studio is presenting Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies, a program of four Fridays of free movies streaming live on YouTube.
Beginning Friday, 17 April and continuing every Friday spanning four consecutive weeks, the studio will team with YouTube to livestream four of Lionsgate’s most popular library titles – the blockbuster The Hunger Games, the classic Dirty Dancing, the Academy Award®-winning La La Land, and the box office smash John Wick – on Lionsgate’s YouTube page. The films also stream on Fandango’s Movieclips YouTube page.
Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies will be hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis. The actress will share her own movie memories as she is joined by special guest celebrities and YouTube personalities. Each week’s night at the movies will feature special programming and interactive opportunities for fans, like real-time fan chats via YouTube Live, live tweeting @Lionsgate and partners, and shared fan engagement opportunities in-show, including movie trivia and movie-themed challenges.
Most importantly, audiences everywhere will have the chance to join Lionsgate in showing support for the country’s temporarily jobless movie theatre employees and how much we all appreciate and miss them.
Lionsgate’s initial donation as well as the audience and partner donations throughout this event will benefit the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping workers throughout the motion picture industry, and will link to the Foundation’s charitable page so that viewers who are able can help as well.
The Will Rogers Foundation is currently providing financial assistance to theatre employees furloughed by the COVID-19 crisis.
The free movies will livestream on Fridays at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm in the U.S. (Malaysia will be a day after at 6am)
April 17 (Malaysia on April 18) – “The Hunger Games”
April 24 (Malaysia on April 25) – “Dirty Dancing”
May 1 (Malaysia On May 2) – “La La Land”
May 8 (Malaysia on May 9) – “John Wick”