‘Queen of Katwe’ Special Engagement & Audience Surprises at Hollywood’s El Capitan Starts September 23rd

Lupita Nyong'o and Madina Nalwanga star in the triumphant true story QUEEN OF KATWE, directed by Mira Nair. Photo Credit:  © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga star in the triumphant true story QUEEN OF KATWE, directed by Mira Nair. Photo Courtesy © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (September 1, 2016) – Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” September 23 – October 6, 2016.  Over opening weekend (September 23-25), 20 year old Grand Master Chess Player Daniel Naroditsky of San Mateo, CA, ranked #7 in the nation, will take on two audience members in simultaneous chess matches with El Capitan guests prior to each movie.

“The audience will be able to cheer on as they view the games projected onto the big screen.  Naroditsky will also share tips and tricks about chess. “’Queen of Katwe’ is based on the true story of a girl from Uganda whose world changes when she starts playing chess, and the El Capitan Theatre is the perfect place to experience this heartwarming new film from Disney,” said Ed Collins, General Manager of The El Capitan Theatre. “Before the movie Grand Master Chess Player Daniel Naroditsky will be prepared to take challenges from El Capitan guests on stage, and then, following the film, he will answer any  questions they may have in our lower lounge.”

Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” opens in U.S. Theatres, including the El Capitan Theatre, in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016.

Daily showtimes are 10 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes and dates are subject to change.

The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday every Tuesday at  10 a.m. during the run of “Queen of Katwe.”  During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo (L) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga (R). Photo courtesy © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo (L) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga (R). Photo courtesy © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


ABOUT “QUEEN OF KATWE”
“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a., and John Carls, p.g.a., with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated.

Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed.

As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.

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