Cinemark Theatres to Offer Veterans Free Tickets to ‘First Man’


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First Man, the latest film from Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land), recounts the story of the first manned mission to the moon. It focuses on Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight that he manned. 

In honor of Veterans Day, Universal Pictures and Cinemark Holdings have just announced that they’ll offer free tickets to Monday screenings of the movie for all U.S. veterans, active-duty service members and their spouses. The film is showing at 10 Cinemark theaters in Ohio, including Valley View.

“Our dad flew 78 combat missions in the Korean War during his career as a Naval aviator, and he deeply valued the enduring friendships he forged during those years for the rest of his life,” Mark and Rick Armstrong explain in a press release. “The sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform and their families form the bedrock of our freedom. Much like landing on the moon, it is an accomplishment that it both hard-fought and hard-won. We join Universal and Cinemark in giving thanks to all our current and former service members for their brave, bold and boundless service to this country.”
Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last and can be picked up at the participating Cinemark theater’s box office when the theater opens on Monday. Each guest must present a valid government-issued VA or military ID to receive them.

“Neil Armstrong represents the best and bravest of humanity, and the courage and commitment of all our veterans,” says Jim Orr, President, Distribution, Universal Pictures. “Audiences have championed this new masterpiece by Damien Chazelle, and we’re grateful that our partners at Cinemark have offered to honor active-duty and retired service members and their spouses with free tickets. We know these heroes will enjoy First Man, and we’re thrilled to present them with this opportunity to experience it.”

For more information and a list of Cinemark theaters participating, visit

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