“Milk” will open at the Cinemark Legacy Theatre in Plano on Dec. 12, creating the possibiliity of an LGBT protest in the city where the movie chain is based.
A field representative for Focus Features, which is distributing the film about gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, said Tuesday that it isn’t scheduled to show in any North Texas theaters owned by Cinemark before Dec. 12. “Milk” will open Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the Angelika Dallas, and Dec. 5 at the Angelika Plano, according to the field representative, who asked not to be identified.
Cinemark Theaters, the nation’s third-largest theater chain, has become the target of LGBT boycotts and protests over CEO Alan Stock’s contribution of $9,999 in support of Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in California. Last weekend, about 400 people attended a protest outside a Cinemark-owned theater near Chicago.
Proponents of the boycott are hoping to piggyback on the hype surrounding “Milk,” and a Web site, NoMilkForCinemark.com, has been created to raise awareness about the issue and encourage people to see the film at gay-friendly theaters.