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Exposition Park drive-in to screen ‘Waiting to Exhale,’ ‘Set It Off’

Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett looking at each other in "Waiting to Exhale"
Angela Bassett, left, and Whitney Houston in “Waiting to Exhale.”
(20th Century Fox)

A number of films — including “One Night in Miami...,” “Paris Is Burning” and Brandy’s “Cinderella” — will no longer screen as part of a local film festival hosted by event company Women Under the Influence and Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions.

Organizers confirmed Friday morning that all of the films originally slated to show at this and next weekend’s drive-in events at Exposition Park have been canceled, except for the first two films in the lineup. “Waiting to Exhale” and “Set It Off” are still set to play Friday night.

The drive-in experience — intended to spotlight films centering on women, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ characters — was initially scheduled to take place this Friday through Sunday, as well as Feb. 26-28. It is now a one-night event, set to begin at 7 p.m. today with “Waiting to Exhale” and conclude at 10:30 p.m. with “Set It Off.”

It was an unlikely hit — a comedy-drama about four African American female friends dealing with issues of romance, careers and fulfillment.

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Released in 1995, Forest Whitaker’s theatrical directorial debut, “Waiting to Exhale,” stars Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon and Angela Bassett as four friends searching for love. Led by Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah, the 1996 crime drama “Set It Off” follows another four-part ensemble as they stage a bank robbery in Los Angeles. Directed by F. Gary Gray, the latter also features actresses Kimberly Elise and Vivica A. Fox.

More info about tickets and pricing for the event — taking place at 500 Exposition Park Drive — can be found here.

Updates

2:14 p.m. Feb. 19, 2021: This story was updated Friday after the rest of the screenings were canceled.


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