Photo by LAURIE SPARHAM -- From left to right, Celia Imrie as Madge Hardcastle, Ronald Pickup as Norman Cousins, Diana Hardcastle as Carol, Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade, Maggie Smith as Muriel Donnely and Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.'

The Louisiana International Film Festival and Louisiana Film Society are presenting an advance screening of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Cinemark Perkins Rowe.

Admission is free, based on a first come first serve basis, but reservations are required. Registration for the screening is available at Seats can be guaranteed through membership in the Louisiana Film Society.

In the sequel to 2012’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) is dreaming of expanding his hotel operation in India. Desperately trying to please the American he believes has been sent by a U.S. bank to check the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel out, Sonny ignores his increasingly irritated fiancée, Sunaina (Tina Desai).

Meanwhile, the hotel’s elderly British occupants are leading busy lives of their own. Returning cast members Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and Lillete Dubey are joined by newcomers Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig.