Harkins screening 'Purple Rain' to honor Prince

Posted at 8:46 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-23 16:20:54-04

Harkins Theatres will screen two special showings of Prince's "Purple Rain" in honor of the legendary singer who died Thursday.

The 1984 film, which won an Oscar for Original Song Score at the 1985 Academy Awards, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the theatre's Tempe Marketplace and Tucson Spectrum locations.

(Click here to watch Prince accept his Oscar in 1985 for Original Song Score for "Purple Rain")

One Valley couple, Jeff and Lissa Vail, rushed out Thursday evening to be some of the first people to guarantee their seats. They brought their two sons along. 

"I wanted my boys to see it because it was such a great movie," Lissa said. "Prince is - I grew up listening to that." 

"Everybody appreciates it because it's hard to find anybody like him with his abilities this day and age," Jeff said. "Unfortunately now they are fading away." 

Tickets are $5 and will benefit City of Hope. Tickets are on sale now at the box office and will be available online on Friday starting at 9 a.m., according to the theater's Facebook page.

Officials were called to the 57-year-old singer's compound on Thursday morning. Prince was found unconscious in an elevator. First responders tried to revive him with CPR, but were unsuccessful.

His death is now under investigation.

After news of his death broke, celebrities and fans alike took to social media to express their shock and sadness.

Prince's "Purple Rain" special screenings
Harkins Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway
Tucson Spectrum 18, 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz
When: Saturday & Sunday at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5. Tickets are on sale now at box office.