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Warner Brothers to screen "The Bodyguard" nationwide on March 28

SAN DIEGO – It’s now clear why Warner Brothers pulled the plug on FilmOut San Diego’s Whitney Houston tribute and 20th anniversary screening of “The Bodyguard.”

On Tuesday, the movie studio withdrew the screening rights to “The Bodyguard,” forcing the last-minute cancellation of the FilmOut event, scheduled for tonight at the historic Birch North Park Theatre. FilmOut officials scrambled to inform ticket-holders just hours after San Diego Gay & Lesbian News published a preview of the event and SD PIX sent out an email blast promoting the event to thousands of subscribers.

On Facebook, some fans of Whitney Houston who had planned to attend the FilmOut tribute expressed disappointment in the movie studio's decision. Within 24 hours, it became apparent that the movie studio had financial motives.

On Wednesday, Warner Brothers announced that it would be presenting “The 20th Anniversary Of The Bodyguard,” a one-night-only event in movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, March 28. Tickets will cost $12.50 at participating theaters, including at AMC Theatres in San Diego, Chula Vista and National City and Regal Theatres in San Diego, San Marcos and Oceanside.

In addition, Warner Brothers will release “The Bodyguard 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray” on March 27.

The movie studio is now set up to capitalize on the death of gay icon and diva Whitney Houston. Unfortunately for FilmOut San Diego, the cancellation of its Whitney Houston tribute and screening of “The Bodyguard” is a financial hit to the LGBT nonprofit. FilmOut officials were expecting a large turnout at the 725-seat theater in North Park, and they use any profits made from monthly screenings to present the annual LGBT Film Festival.

Tickets to the March 28 special event can be purchased online at FathomEvents.com.