MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Demand for “Purple Rain” has reportedly prompted AMC Theaters and Warner Bros. to expand screenings of the film to more than 200 theaters nationwide as fans continue to mourn the Purple One’s passing.
Prince died last Thursday at his Paisley Park complex in Chanhassen. He was 57.
As a tribute to the musician, several theaters, including AMC, have held screenings of the 1984 cult classic, for which Prince won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the film’s title track.
AMC started showing the film last Friday in 87 theaters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the theater company is now expanding the film to 212 theaters starting this Friday.
AMC insiders told the industry publication that “Purple Rain” had that highest percentage of sold-out shows of any title playing in the theaters it was in last week.
In Minnesota, the film is also showing at several other theaters this weekend, including the St. Anthony Main Theatre, the Uptown Theater and the Riverview Theater.
Prince’s death remains under investigation. On Wednesday, investigators said that Prince was in possession of painkillers when he died.