NWA Film ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Not Screening in Compton Due to Lack of Cinema

NWA Film ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Not Screening in Compton Due to Lack of Cinema

A scene from the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" (Jaimie Trueblood/AP Photo)
A scene from the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” (Jaimie Trueblood/AP)

(NME) – New NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton will not be aired in the group’s birthplace of Compton in Los Angeles due to the fact that the area currently has no movie theatres.

Straight Outta Compton, named after the hip-hop group’s classic album of the same name, follows the rise of the rap collective, touching upon their brushes with the local police and ultimate success in the music industry. The movie hit cinemas in the US last Friday (August 14).

However, local-news outlet CBS Los Angeles has now reported that locals will have to travel out of the city (which has a population of 97,000) in order to see the film.

“It’s a low-income area, it’s been heavily dis-invested in,” explains Manuel Pastor, professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. “When you live in a community that doesn’t have that kind of retail, it’s a sign that the community is devalued and people within the community feel devalued.”

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