NWA film ‘Straight Outta Compton’ not screening in Compton due to lack of cinema

Biopic follows the legendary hip-hop group's rise to fame

New NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton will not be aired in the group’s birthplace of Compton in Los Angeles due to the fact that the area currently has no movie theatres.

Straight Outta Compton, named after the hip-hop group’s classic album of the same name, follows the rise of the rap collective, touching upon their brushes with the local police and ultimate success in the music industry. The movie hit cinemas in the US last Friday (August 14).

However, local-news outlet CBS Los Angeles has now reported that locals will have to travel out of the city (which has a population of 97,000) in order to see the film.


“It’s a low-income area, it’s been heavily dis-invested in,” explains Manuel Pastor, professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. “When you live in a community that doesn’t have that kind of retail, it’s a sign that the community is devalued and people within the community feel devalued.”


Dr Dre recently announced that he will donate royalties earned from the film’s accompanying ‘Compton’ album to the funding of a new performing arts and entertainment facility in Compton.

“I feel it’s the right thing to do and I hope everybody appreciates the work I put into this album,” Dre told Zane Lowe, revealing that he’ll be working with Compton Mayor Aja Brown on the project.

“We’ve reached out to Aja Brown quite a few times in the last month or two. I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was. She actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, ‘Boom, this is what we should do.'”

Straight Outta Compton recently topped the US box office, grossing an impressive $56.1 million (£36.9 million) over its opening weekend.

Straight Outta Compton stars Corey Hawkins as Dr Dre, Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr as his father, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr as DJ Yella.