Riley to Introduce Churchill Film Darkest Hour at Missouri Theatre Showing

 Tim Riley, Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Curator of the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College, will introduce a special showing of the exciting new Churchill film, Darkest Hour, on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia, Missouri, sponsored by Ragtag Cinema. 

“The National Churchill Museum at Westminster College is pleased to help celebrate the general release of Darkest Hour,” says Riley. “We are grateful to Ragtag Cinema for organizing what promises to be a wonderful evening in Columbia.”  

Those saving their ticket stub from this showing or any showing of Darkest Hour nationwide will also receive $1 off the admission at the National Churchill Museum. 

Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and children and $5.50 for Ragtag members. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Ragtag box office or online at 

Tickets the day of the event can be purchased from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Ragtag box office and starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre. Tickets purchased at the Missouri Theatre will be cash-only transactions.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the film showing will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Due to improvements in progress at the Ninth Street entrance, patrons that evening will enter through the Locust Street doors on the north side of the theatre. Any ticketholders requiring a wheelchair ramp should call the Ragtag box office at 573-441-8504 prior to the date.

Members of the Westminster community and Fulton area residents can also view screenings of Darkest Hour at the local B & B Fulton Cinema 8 starting Thursday evening as well.

The National Churchill Museum hosted a special red carpet advance screening on October 26 in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury on the Westminster campus. 

Darkest Hour retells the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which newly-appointed British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill demonstrated a courage of leadership that changed the course of world history. With the fall of France imminent, the seemingly- invincible Nazi forces advancing to invade Britain and Allied troops cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hinged on Churchill’s decisions as Britain faced its darkest hour. 

Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman is remarkably transformed into Churchill in a performance that has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and many believe will garner an Oscar nomination.

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