Celebrity Sighting

See Bradley Cooper in the flesh at local American Sniper benefit screening

See Bradley Cooper in the flesh at American Sniper benefit screening

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
Bradley Cooper, who plays Chris Kyle in American Sniper, is coming to town for a benefit screening of the film at Cinemark West Plano on January 14. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Plano gets a shot of Hollywood glamour when the Cinemark theater at Parker Road and the Tollway hosts a benefit screening of American Sniper on Wednesday, January 14, featuring an appearance by the film's star, Bradley Cooper.

Cooper, who plays Iraq war veteran Chris Kyle, will be joined by Kyle's widow, Taya, and military veteran Jacob Schick. The harrowing film details the exploits of Kyle, who earned the nickname "The Legend" after becoming the most prolific sniper in military history through four tours of duty in Iraq.

This is the rare celebrity event where the public is welcome, as tickets are available to anyone willing to pay $250 — or more — for a seat in the theater. Cooper, Kyle and Schick will walk a red carpet and meet with the press at 6:30 pm; the film starts at 7.

Of course, you're not just paying for a ticket to the movie and a chance to see Cooper in person. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, which aims to enrich the family relationships for military personnel and first responders, who often find their bonds tested by war and other atrocities.

The film opened in limited release on Christmas Day, playing in New York, Los Angeles and at the AMC NorthPark in Dallas — a nod to the Texas-born Kyle. This screening is being held in advance of the film's wide release on Friday, January 16. Tickets for the screening can be reserved online.