'Black Panther' screening draws Nick Chubb & (accidentally) T.I.

"Black Panther," partially shot in Atlanta, is hardly a film that even needs screenings. Advance buzz and demand is already at a boiling point.

But more than 150 folks were lucky enough to see a 3D screening tonight at Regal Atlantic Station three days before its official debut courtesy of Kiss 104.1 and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, co-sponsors of the event. Two Kiss radio personalities, Sasha the Diva and Art Terrell, gave away prizes before a packed audience which included UGA football star running back Nick Chubb and Director X, who is directing the remake of "Superfly" in Atlanta.

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Atlanta's Alexandra Gainous, an actor and model, dressed up as General Okoye in "Black Panther" played by Danai Gurira, to a screening of the film Tuesday night at Regal Cinemas in Atlantic Station. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Also, amusingly, rap star and actor T.I. pulled up to the entrance of the theater. He had given away tickets at a Wal-Mart over the weekend for a free screening of the film. The problem: he was at the wrong theater. His screening was at Regal Hollywood off I-85.

Regal Atlantic Stations holds a lot of celebrity-filled screenings though the really big screening for the film was at the Fox Theatre last week. Samuel L. Jackson kicked things off at the Fox:

This is yet another production that has used the High Museum. Its exterior and some interiors are used as the hospital on Fox's "The Resident" and is now the museum in London early in "Black Panther."

Nick Chubb of UGA showed up for the "Black Panther" screening at Regal Atlantic Station February 13, 2018. CREDIT: Allied Marketing
Sasha the Diva (right), the afternoon jock at Kiss 104.1, had some contestants sing for prizes before a "Black Panther" screening Tuesday night, February 13, 2018. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
Madeline and her nephew Devyn Nix, who joined me and my boss Tracy Brown at Allora before the "Black Panther" screening. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
Jose Mendez and Maria Elena Rebelto of Canton were contest winners who not only got to see "Black Panther" but had a free dinner at Allora at the Twelve Hotel. Jose said he has seen more than 1,000 concerts in his life and used to party at the Limelight nightclub in the 1980s. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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