The Charleston premiere of the new Fox Searchlight Pictures movie Battle of the Sexes will take place at the Terrace Theater on Friday, September 29th at 7pm. The movie is based on the true story of Billie Jean King, played by Emma Stone, and Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell, who competed in an iconic 1973 tennis match, billed the “Battle of the Sexes”. The match sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement, and became the most watched televised sports event of all time.
The Volvo Car Open has partnered with the theater to host a special night for Friday’s moviegoers.
The event includes:
- A Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs look-a-like contest for two ace-worthy prizes
- Four ‘enter to win’ prize packages from the Volvo Car Open
- A special gift in all movie seats
- A free Volvo Car Open ticket for the tournament’s opening weekend
“The Terrace prides itself in its involvement with the community, and has always wanted to work with the Volvo Car Open folks,” said Paul Brown, Terrace Theater owner. “They jumped on the opportunity and the fit is perfect for this remarkable movie, Battle of the Sexes. We are super excited!”
The “Battle of Sexes” event took place in September 1973, just four months after the inaugural Family Circle Cup (now the Volvo Car Open) in May, where King competed.
The movie portrays the Original Nine, the pioneers of the Women’s Tennis Association. In 2012, these nine remarkable women traveled to Charleston to recreate their now infamous photo holding dollar bills, which at the time symbolized contracts. The same year, the Charleston tournament dedicated its stadium court to Billie Jean King.
If you can’t attend the Friday’s premiere, save your ticket stub for any Battle of the Sexes showings at the Terrace Theater to redeem a free ticket to the Volvo Car Open's opening weekend.
For more information on purchasing tickets to the film, visit http://www.terracetheatre.com/ or call 843-762-4247. The movie will run for a minimum of two weeks at the Terrace Theater.
About Battle of the Sexes via Fox Searchlight Pictures:
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.
About the Terrace Theater:
The Terrace Theater is a special place. With more than 220,000 customers each year, the Terrace survives and thrives in a world of box stores and soulless business models. Amongst the top 5 percent of the Art House/ Crossover cinemas in the Southeast, the Terrace attracts customers from Seabrook to Sullivan’s Island and beyond. The Terrace I the highest per screen average theater in Charleston. The Terrace was voted the top 12 independent movie theaters in the USA, and in 2016 USA TODAY voted the Terrace a top 10 attractions in the Carolina’s.
Newly crowned U.S. Open champion and 2016 Volvo Car Open champion Sloane Stephens has committed to play the 2018 Volvo Car Open, March 31st – April 8th on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. Joining Stephens in the current field is Madison Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open finalist, and Petra Kvitová, a 2017 U.S. Open quarterfinalist and two-time Wimbledon champion.
Stephens’ recent U.S. Open win, her first Grand Slam singles title, came following an 11-month hiatus from the sport due to a foot injury. In historic fashion, the 24-year-old’s triumph is only the second time an unseeded player has won the tournament in the Open Era. Since her return to tennis in July, Stephens reached the semifinals in both Toronto and Cincinnati, and in five weeks this summer, won 15 matches, all against top 50 players, which culminated with the U.S. Open title.
“We couldn’t be more ecstatic for Sloane!” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Our fans have watched her game grow in Charleston and they have rooted her on since she first stepped onto our courts. Her U.S. Open win shows how much determination she had to get back to tennis, and we can’t wait to have her compete in our field next year,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager.
Stephens will play the Volvo Car Open for her seventh time in 2018. In 2017, unable to participate in the competition, she joined The Tennis Channel’s team as a correspondent during the tournament.
“I’m so excited that I’ll have the chance to play the Volvo Car Open again,” said Stephens. “I wanted to defend my title last year, and was disappointed when I couldn’t due to my injury. I always love playing in front of Charleston’s supportive fans, and am so glad that I’ll be back in April!”
Stephens won the 2016 Volvo Car Open in a season where she captured two additional titles, one in Auckland and another in Acapulco.
The nine-day Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America, attracting an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of the top singles and doubles tennis players.
Tickets for the 2018 Volvo Car Open go on sale today, September 19th. Patrons have the option to choose from individual tickets, ticket packages and travel packages. Ticket prices range from $25 for an individual session to $525 for the all-inclusive weeklong package. The Volvo Car Open will provide six special ticket packages in 2018, each offering more tennis at a greater value. In addition, the PowerShares Series will return to the Volvo Car Stadium on April 7th. The men’s legends event will feature Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis and two players new to the Charleston field.
The Volvo Car Open will also bring back its popular Ace Club from 2017, an exciting membership program for box and ticket package holders. The Ace Club is a recognition program providing unparalleled amenities and benefits during the tournament. In addition, members have the option to receive access into the Ace Lounge, an exclusive hospitality marquee providing first-class accommodations including, live entertainment, air-conditioning, elevated food options and more.
For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 800.677.2293.
Tickets for the 2018 PowerShares Series are now on sale!
The 2018 PowerShares Series tour, a competitive tennis circuit featuring legendary icons and world-renowned champions, will make a stop in Charleston at the Volvo Car Stadium during the Volvo Car Open on Saturday, April 7th at 8:30pm. The event features four champions playing two semifinals, with the winners meeting in a championship match.
Tickets for the 2018 Volvo Car Open will go on sale September 19, 2017 at 9am. The tournament takes place March 31st – April 8th, 2018 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.
Patrons have the option to choose from individual tickets, ticket packages and travel packages. Ticket prices range from $25 for an individual session to $525 for an all-inclusive weeklong package. The Volvo Car Open will provide six special ticket packages in 2018, each offering more tennis at a greater value and Ace Club membership. Ticket packages also include premium seats in the terrace section of the stadium.
Fresh off her Bank of the West Classic win, Madison Keys has committed to play the 2018 Volvo Car Open, March 31st – April 8th on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. The 22-year-old American joins Petra Kvitová in the world-class player field forming for the tournament’s 45th anniversary.
After undergoing two wrist surgeries, Keys returned to tennis in March 2017 and hoisted her third WTA trophy in August in Stanford. There, she defeated current Wimbledon Champion Garbiñe Muguruza on the way to the finals.
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