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You Can See 'Hidden Figures' for Free This Saturday: Here's How

A large group of women walks down a hallway
Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) leads the women of the West Computing group to work on the new IBM computer in "Hidden Figures." (Image credit: Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox Corporation)

Select AMC Theatres will be offering free screenings of "Hidden Figures" Saturday (Feb. 18) at 10 a.m. local time in honor of Black History Month, according to Entertainment Weekly. You can register for tickets here at 14 locations across the country.

The movie follows three black women who ran computations at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia in the early 1960s, helping to send John Glenn into orbit around Earth. It stars Taraji Henson as the mathematician Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as pioneering programmer Dorothy Vaughan, and Janelle Monae as the aspiring engineer Mary Jackson.

"Hidden Figures" is currently nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (for Spencer).

Moviegoers or groups who don't live near the listed theaters, where tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, can request a free showing in their area, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Update: The Feb. 18 screenings are mostly sold out, but you can apply for a screening, with a Feb. 28 deadline, at this link.

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Sarah Lewin
SPACE.COM ASSOCIATE EDITOR — Sarah started writing for Space.com in June of 2015. Her work has been featured by Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, Quanta Magazine, Wired, The Scientist, Science Friday and WGBH's Inside NOVA. Sarah has an MA from NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and an AB in mathematics from Brown University. When not writing, reading or thinking about space, Sarah enjoys musical theatre and mathematical papercraft. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahExplains.