Jackson memorial brings crowd to local theaters

posted by Michael Zoldessy on July 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Movie theaters around the world last week provided public viewing of the Michael Jackson memorial service.

They were miles from Staples Center, but those who filled the seats at the Krikorian Theatre in Monrovia acted as if they too were at Michael Jackson’s memorial.

Watching the live screening while munching on popcorn and sipping on soda, audience members laughed at Smokey Robinson’s joke-filled tribute, sniffled through Brooke Shield’s emotional eulogy, cheered during the Rev. Al Sharpton’s speech, and clapped along to the performance of “We Are the World.”

But for the most part, the crowd of more than 150 was somber, quietly taking in the star-studded performances. While the attire was casual — flip-flops, jeans, T-shirts and shorts — people treated the screening as the memorial.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

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