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'Black Panther' returns to Tampa Bay theaters for Black History Month, and tickets are free

"Black Panther" won the top award at the SAG Awards this week, and now its coming back to theaters across the U.S.

Marvel Studios blockbuster Black Panther is coming back to the big screen and you can see it for free in honor of Black History Month.

From Feb. 1 to 7, Black Panther will screen in 250 AMC theaters across the United States, including a handful in the Tampa Bay area, including the Regency 20 in Brandon, Westshore Plaza 14 in Tampa, Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar and Sundial 20 in St. Petersburg.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. All 250 locations, times and reservations can be found at

Black Panther will also be the first film in the Tampa Theatre's free, outdoor film series that kicks off Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at River Tower Park in Tampa. Picnic baskets, low chairs and blankets are encouraged.

The film stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, the rising king of the hidden, but technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda.

The film is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, which is a first for a superhero movie. Black Panther won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, also announced today that it would donate $1.5 million to the United Negro College Fund.

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