Regal Entertainment Group Welcomes Tom Cruise to Knoxville


KNOXVILLE, Tenn.Sept. 13, 2016 — Regal Entertainment Group, a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating one of the largest theatre circuits in the United States, today announces that Tom Cruise is scheduled to attend an exclusive benefit screening for Paramount Pictures and Skydance’s upcoming film “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” Regal Cinemas Pinnacle 18 IMAX & RPX in Knoxville, TN, will host the event on Monday, October 17, with proceeds benefiting Variety – The Children’s Charity of Eastern Tennessee.

“As one of the biggest movie stars of all time, Regal is truly honored to roll out the red carpet for Tom Cruise and welcome him to East Tennessee. From his illustrious film career to his philanthropic efforts, Tom is the epitome of a true Hollywood star,” stated Greg Dunn President and Chief Operating Officer of Regal Entertainment Group. “We also extend our sincerest gratitude to our friends at Paramount Pictures and Skydance for making this screening possible and helping raise funds for Variety’s special needs children.”

Variety – The Children’s Charity is a multi-million dollar philanthropic organization that spans the globe with 43 chapters in 13 countries, improving the lives of children through creative fundraising efforts, well-placed donations with exceptional children’s charities, and through its own charitable programs. With the help of volunteers and sponsors, Variety – The Children’s Charity continues its mission to provide lifesaving and life-enriching assistance to children in need on the local and international level. The local chapter of Variety was founded in Knoxville by Regal Cinemas in 2001 and since then has generated more than $9 million to assist children in East Tennessee.

“With over 20 books in the Jack Reacher series and over 100 million copies sold, there is an enormous fan base that are truly excited to see Tom’s return to the big screen in this iconic role,” said Ken Thewes, Chief Marketing Officer at Regal Entertainment Group. “Regal is thrilled to bring this film and star to Knoxville for the benefit screening while raising money for a great cause.”

Beginning Friday, September 16, a limited number of tickets will be available for sale to the public at Regal Cinemas Pinnacle, West Town Mall and Riviera theatres in Knoxville. Each ticket will cost $50 with proceeds benefiting Variety.  Guests of the event will enjoy a catered reception in the Pinnacle lobby before Cruise walks the red carpet. After the red carpet reception, attendees will have the honor of being some of the first moviegoers to view the film.

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel JACK REACHER:  NEVER GO BACK.  When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed. Based upon JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide. The film stars Tom CruiseCobie SmuldersAldis HodgeDanika YaroshPatrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany and Robert Knepper.

Produced by Tom CruiseDon Granger and Christopher McQuarrie. Based on the book “Never Go Back” by Lee Child, with a screenplay by Richard Wenk and Edward Zwick & Marshall Hershkovitz. Executive Produced by Paula WagnerHerb GainsDavid Ellison, and Dana Goldberg. Directed by Edward Zwick.

“Jack Reacher: Never Goes Back” opens in theaters on October 21, 2016.

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