Remembering Sidney Poitier


"Through his groundbreaking roles and singular talent, Sidney Poitier epitomized dignity and grace, revealing the power of movies to bring us closer together." - Barack Obama

Trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier passed away on January 6, 2022, at the age of 94. Poitier broke down barriers for actors of colour, becoming the first black man to win the Best Actor Oscar, in addition to being a Hollywood leading man at a time before Black Americans were even granted full civil rights. He also opened doors for black directors, having directed nine feature films.

Starting on Feb 20th, which would have been his 95th birthday, we honour Sidney Poitier's career with a select retrospective of some of his most important films.

This is a very rare chance to experience the impact of seeing these classic, important films on the big screen. We invite you to join us in this tribute to a great man, and to see these films the way they were intended to be seen: collectively, on the big screen of your local cinema.

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Winner of 5 Oscars, including Best Picture. "Sidney Poitier is pure charisma as Virgil Tibbs, the Philadelphia policeman whose between-trains stopover in a small Southern town is indefinitely extended when he’s first implicated in, then asked to assist with a local murder investigation." - Time Out

"It was the slap heard round the world.

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Sidney Poitier Remembered. "A groundbreaking work that manages to be both specific to the African-American experience and universal in its themes of hope, change, and upward mobility." - Screen Daily

Lorraine Hansberry’s immortal A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be performed on Broadway. Two years later, the production came to the screen, directed by Daniel Petrie.

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Remembering Sidney Poitier. "An undeniable classic." - Variety

American Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) recently received his degree in engineering, but cannot find work. To make ends meet, he takes a job as a teacher in a rough London East End school populated mostly with troublemakers who were rejected from other schools for their behavior.

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