National Geographic Will Debut New Aretha Franklin Series At The Springs Drive-In In Atlanta

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National Geographic Will Debut New Aretha Franklin Series At The Springs Drive-In In Atlanta

Genius: Aretha gets an Atlantan premiere!

National Geographic plans to premiere its new Aretha Franklin TV series in four cities, including Atlanta. The Springs Drive-In in Atlanta will be one of the four venues premiering the biopic series.

The multi-city drive-in screenings of Genius: Aretha will be held at Monroe Street Drive-In in Detroit, the Springs Drive-In in Atlanta, the Skyline Theater in New York, and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. There will also be a virtual screening of the premiere. This is all happening on 11 March!

The events are “intended to honor and celebrate Aretha’s roots as well as raise awareness about the series,” an event application submitted to City Council reads. A party including a “DJ and/or drumline performance” will accompany the private screening, according to the application.


National Geographic’s first two seasons focused on Albert Einstein and Picasso, with both seasons achieving Emmy nominations for Best Limited Series and nominations for Best Leading Actor. Season 3 on Aretha was previously slated to premiere last Spring but was pushed back due to the pandemic.

Credit: National Geographic

The series was even filmed in Atlanta, wrapped production in November of last year. Several locations were used in the city, as Hollywood frequently trades in their LA studios to shoot on location in Atlanta.

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National Geographic has set a March 21 TV premiere date for Genius: Aretha, the third season of the critically-acclaimed limited series. Aretha stars Harriet alum Cynthia Erivo as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and Courtney B. Vance as her father, C.L. Franklin.

The series will premiere at 9/8c on National Geographic, and will be available to stream next-day on Hulu.

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