About 500 people holding tickets for tonight's premiere of Aretha Franklin's "Amazing Grace" will not be accommodated because of overbooking. email.
Their tickets will be honored at a specially arranged screening at 7:30 pm. Tuesday at the Detroit Film Theater, site of tonight's premiere event.
Aretha Franklin in 1972's "Amazing Grace" (Photo: Alan Elliott)
Those who received their premiere-night tickets through the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will be accommodated tonight.
An e-mail to affected ticket holders cited "unanticipated interest from Aretha Franklin's family and friends." "DIA spokeswoman Christine Kloostra told the Free Press. She said that given Monday evening's circumstances – Franklin's birthday, the hometown premiere – "We've made every effort to accommodate friends and family." "It's not anyone's fault, and this is the best resolution to what turned out to be an unexpected situation, "Kloostra said.
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Aaron Velthoven, executive producer of the Freep Film Festival, provided a statement:
"As one of three co-presenting sponsors of the 'Amazing Grace' premiere, with the Detroit Film Theater of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the event organizers gave us the opportunity to give away and allotment of tickets to tonight's event to our pat rons on a first-come, first-serve basis.
"This morning, we were informed that the premiere organizers overbooked the event and our patrons' tickets are now valid for tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 pm at the Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts
"It's an unfortunate circumstance, and I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may have caused our patrons."
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