The biopic “Straight Outta Compton” opened this past weekend and beat expectations by debuting at $US60.2 million in ticket sales, making it the fifth largest August movie debut ever.
But residents from the namesake city have to drive to a nearby city (about 4 miles away) to actually watch the movie in a theatre.
Fusion noted that “the median household income in Compton in 2013 was $US42,953, 19% below the national median of $US53,000; 26.3% of residents live below the poverty line, compared with 15.4% for the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census data.” The CBS local channel also indicated that there are current negotiations in place to bring an entertainment district, including a movie theatre, to Compton, while Redditors pointed out that it’s not unusual for cities in L.A. to lack a movie theatre, because “they’re part of the greater Metropolitan area and [anyone] can just drive a couple miles to find one.”
Perhaps by the time “Straight Outta Compton” gets a Hollywood style reboot, the origin city will have its own theatre.
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