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A. His first new film will open tomorrow.

B. His first new film will debut tomorrow.

C. His first new film will be shown tomorrow.

I am wondering if those mean the same, if not, would you please correct me?

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A. His first new film will open tomorrow.

B. His first new film will debut tomorrow.

These typically mean the same thing; a person's first new film will be shown for the first time tomorrow.

C. His first new film will be shown tomorrow.

This can have a different meaning - namely, that this is not the first showing of the film. For example, a local movie theatre can show Steven Spielberg's first movie tomorrow - in which case option C is the only accurate one - but it will not be the first time the movie will be shown.

Option C can be used whenever the first two options can be used, but it can also be used in other periods of time after the first showing. Options A and B might be better.

So, to answer the title question, "debut" can be used only for the first showing, generally performed/shown in public.

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