On Friday, Sony Pictures announced they would be honoring the late John Singleton by renaming one of their largest movie theatres on their movie lot in Hollywood. The filmmaker made his first feature film, Boyz n the Hood between Columbia Pictures and Sony. The honor comes on the heels of the Academy Award nominated director's passing last month due to a stroke at the age of 51. Sony will officially dedicate the renamed theatre later this summer.
The John Singleton Theater, will be located on Sony and Columbia Pictures’ Culver City lot. The theater seats 102 people, which is both Sony and Columbia Picture's main theatre for employee and public screenings.
Justice and Maasai, two of Mr. Singleton's kids said, they remember when their dad used to bring them to the movie lot as kids while he was working. They are moved by Sony’s decision to pay homage to their father in such a grand way.
“We are so pleased that Sony Pictures will be honoring our father in this way. It is such a fitting tribute given the special place that Columbia Pictures was for him at the beginning of his career," the siblings said.
Along with Boyz n the Hood, Singleton also made the films Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, and Baby Boy at Columbia Pictures.
Tom Rothman, the chairman of Sony said of John Singleton, “As the first African American filmmaker to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, John broke a major barrier in our industry and inspired a generation. His vision and skill enriched the world with great film and television content and he leaves a tremendous legacy, especially here at Columbia Pictures.”
Sony will officially dedicate the renamed theatre later this summer.