Garden Theatre premieres StarLite Movie Night series

posted by irvl on May 18, 2007 at 1:30 am

WINTER GARDEN, FL — The streets of downtown Winter Garden were filled with over 1500 excited moviegoers Saturday evening as the Garden Theatre premiered The Starlite Movie Night series under the marquee. The two-story movie screen showcasing the Ben Stiller flick, “Night at the Museum”, provided free family fun as a thank you to the community for its continued support of the theatre while building excitement around the re-opening scheduled for January 2008.

This event, sponsored by Seasons 52 and Castle & Cooke, marked the first cinematic experience in the historic downtown area in over forty years. Families and friends, gathered on blankets and lawn chairs to create a drive-in ambiance, enjoyed the Lakeview Middle School jazz band pre-show while favorite movie refreshments, including popcorn, candy, snocones, and cotton candy, were served.

The entertaining event proved to be a fundraising success with $8500 in sponsorship dollars and $370 in merchandise and donations raised. In addition the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation Museums raised $2300 by selling smoked chicken dinners and collecting donations on-site.

As part of the fun, attendees were able to vote on the next movie to be shown in the Starlite Movie Night series. The big winner, “ET the Extraterrestrial”, is slated for July 14th, 2007, and sure to be a community affair to attend.

The Garden Theatre is being transformed into a showplace for live theatre, dance and music, cinema viewings and various community events and educational programs. The grand opening dedication ceremony is scheduled for March 1, 2008.

For sponsorship and donation inquiries please contact Alauna McMillen, General Manager, at 407-401-8660 or through .

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