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‘Concussion’ to screen free at Ligonier’s Diamond Theatre

Three free screenings of “Concussion,” starring Will Smith, are planned in the Diamond Theatre of Ligonier.

Times are 7 p.m. Sept. 24-25 and 6 p.m. Sept. 26 in the theater at 210 W. Main St.

The 2015 movie chronicles the work of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a football player’s brain while working in the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Omalu’s 2002 autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster re-opened awareness of a neurologic condition associated with chronic head trauma, previously described in boxers and other professional athletes. Webster died following years of struggling with cognitive and intellectual impairment, homelessness, depression, drug abuse and self-harm.

Omalu’s findings at first met with opposition from the NFL.

The film was based on a 2009 GQ article, later expanded into a book, by journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas.

The concession stand will be open during the free screenings, sponsored by Advanced Hearing Center LLC..

Details: 724-238-2929 or

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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Free screenings of “Concussion” are planned at the Diamond Theatre of Ligonier. Here, forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (left) and actor Will Smith are shown at a 2015 screening of the movie in Westwood, Calif.
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