US film studio Universal and cinema chain Regal have announced they will be handing out 14,000 free tickets to US veterans and active-duty service members for ‘First Man.’

The offer expands to more than 500 Regal cinemas across the US, with the first 25 service members with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket to be given free admission to the 7 p.m. preview screening (or first show) tomorrow (Thursday).

The film, which stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, will be released in theatres nationwide the following day.

Ken Thewes, chief marketing office at Regal, said, according to Variety: “As an Air Force veteran, I am proud to see this historical achievement from other veterans and NASA featured on the big screen.

“These military heroes are an incredible example of the courage and determination that allowed us to reach new heights in space exploration. As a tribute to the courageous men and women in the armed forces, we are honoured to offer complimentary tickets for active-duty military and veterans to be the first to see ‘First Man’ at any participating Regal theatres.”

Jim Orr, president of distribution for Universal, said: “Neil Armstrong represents the best and bravest of humanity, and this film from director Damien Chazelle is stunning. Early audiences have championed this new masterpiece, and we’re grateful that our partners at Regal have opened their doors to active-duty and retired service members with free tickets.”

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