In tribute to iconic musical artist Prince, who died Thursday at age 57, the Carolina Theatre of Durham has scheduled two free screenings of the 1984 film “Purple Rain” at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in historic Fletcher Hall.
Free tickets will be available on an in-person, first-come-first-serve basis at the box office beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Guests will be limited to two tickets per person, per transaction for the screenings. There will not be any online ticketing for these events.
A master musician, prolific songwriter and skilled producer, Prince Rogers Nelson won seven Grammy awards and recorded more than 50 top 40 hits since 1979. A virtuoso of funk, R&B, pop and other genres, Prince defied simple classification. He created his transcendent musical art as a true iconoclast — with copious overtones of sexuality and in bold defiance of the conventions of the music business that threatened his visionary creativity.
Among his hits were the songs “Little Red Corvette,” “Kiss,” “Raspberry Beret,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Purple Rain” — the title cut to the soundtrack of the 1984 film that presented a dramatized version of his own life story.
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In the Albert Magnoli-directed movie, Prince plays a headstrong, vulnerable young Minneapolis musician known as “The Kid.” He meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero), and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs. A complicated tale of his repeating the self destructive behavior of his father (Clarence Williams III), losing Apollonia to another singer (Morris Day), and his coming to grips with his own connection to other people ensues.
Prince won an Academy Award for the Best Original Song Score from “Purple Rain,” and the chart-topping soundtrack sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
One of the brightest musical stars of the modern era, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. At the induction ceremony, he performed a guitar solo while covering George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” that showed off his incredible musicianship.
Three years later, Prince delivered arguably the greatest halftime performance in the history of the Super Bowl, tearing through a medley of songs in the pouring rain at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium. The dazzling mini-concert proved that Prince’s abundant talent and spectacular showmanship could overshadow even one the largest pop culture spectacles.