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‘Spotlight’ showing Thursday for clergy abuse victims

As many as 400 victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church will have a chance Thursday evening to see “Spotlight,” the soon-to-be released film about The Boston Globe’s investigation into the issue.

Open Road Films, which is releasing the movie, planned the Boston showing after some victims complained that they would not be able to see the movie before it became available to general audiences.

The company held a small screening in early October for the victims portrayed in the movie, plus a few of their invited guests — about a dozen people altogether.

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After that screening, Open Road officials said they “learned that many Boston survivors are eager to screen the film before its public release so we arranged a private screening in Boston and have worked with local contacts to invite the appropriate guests.”

The Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Price for Public Service in 2003 for the reporting by the Spotlight Team.

Lisa Wangsness of the Globe staff contributed to this article. Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.