Bryson said a food drive connects with the movie’s theme of a family struggling with addiction and other issues that caused it to need help.
Cinema 10 Middletown will begin showing the film on a regular schedule, at regular ticket prices, on Wednesday.
“We chased down Netflix to get a special screening,” Bryson said. “We wanted to have a Saturday screening, but they only allowed a Tuesday screening.”
Bryson said Netflix also gave permission to allow the discounted price of $5 to stay aligned with the theater’s “Super Tuesday” pricing.
When Netflix feels a film has Oscar-winning potential, the streaming service will often release the film to select local or independent theaters ahead of the Netflix release, said Jonathan McNeal, manager of The Neon in Dayton and film expert. Last month, The Neon announced plans for its own premiere of the film on Wednesday.
Bryson doesn’t know how many people will attend the special screening. However, some local officials are excited about the special screening.
- “We’re thrilled that “Hillbilly Elegy” will be showcased in its Middletown hometown before national release,” said Mary Huttlinger, Middletown Visitors Bureau executive director.
- “This is great for us to get that exposure,” said Middletown Councilwoman Ami Vitori. “How often do you get to screen a movie about your town in your town?”
- “Middletown 's story, like that of its favorite son, J.D. Vance, is one of struggle, hard work, renewal and triumph,” said Middletown City Manager Jim Palenick.