Theaters across the U.S. (including 1 in MN) will screen 1984 to spite the government

They hope Big Brother is watching.

Since President Donald Trump's inauguration, we've seen a lot of protests and marches. Now independent theaters across the country are getting in on the action, and they hope Big Brother is watching.

The St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis will join about 90 others across the U.S. in a screening of a movie based on George Orwell's classic novel, 1984.

If you don't know the story, it's about a man who tries to resist an oppressive government that lies to, spies on and silences its people.

But what the theaters are really focusing on with this movement is supporting the federal agency National Endowment for the Arts.

As the Huffington Post writes, the White House hasn't yet said if it's doing anything about the NEA. However, The Hill previously reported there was talk about eliminating it entirely to cut down on federal spending.

According to the website about the 1984 screenings, the theaters participating "strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment."

The screenings will take place on April 4. If you're familiar with the story, you might remember that's the day the main character started his rebellion against Big Brother (that's basically the government).

Theaters that participate and charge admission will either donate part of the proceeds to local charities and organizations, or use the money to support educational and community-related programming.

Tickets for the showing are being sold through the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society here. They're $8.50 for the general public.

To see a full list of showings, click here.

According to CNBC, sales of the classic novel soared shortly after the inauguration. It's currently in the top 10 selling books on Amazon.

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