SPONSORED: Orlandoans have another option to keep cool this summer with a new series of Sunday matinees movie screenings, featuring films that are linked to Florida.
The Orange County Regional History Center will supply the popcorn and beverages, along with interesting trivia facts about each film. The series will be hosted by Joy Wallace Dickinson of the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Flashback column. Many Sun Screens selections are family friendly, but we may include R-rated titles. The Florida Project is Rated “R” and is recommended for mature audiences. No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without parent or guardian.
After the movie, attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in a short behind-the-scenes discussion with an expert on the subject of each film.
The series is free for members and $8 for non-members. Click here to reserve your seat.
Scroll down to see this summer’s movie picks:
May 20: The Florida Project (2017)
The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince of Winter Springs) and her mother over a single summer as they live at the Magic Castle, a budget motel not far from the Magic Kingdom. Willem Dafoe plays the motel’s manager, whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of compassion.
July 8: The Yearling (1946)
Filmed on location in the Ocala National Forest, this beloved Technicolor coming-of-age classic brought Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen. The film received six Oscar nominations and won two; Claude Jarman Jr. received an honorary Oscar as “outstanding child actor.”
July 29: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
This black-and-white horror classic from the Cold War era has inspired films from Jaws to The Shape of Water. The underwater skills of Floridians Ricou Browning and Orlando’s own Ginger Stanley Hallowell made creature-feature history.
August 26: Apollo 13 (1995)
For director Ron Howard and the cast including Tom Hanks, realism was the name of the game. The real-life story on which the film was based was suspenseful enough on its own to enthrall an audience, even though its outcome was hardly a secret. Astronaut James Lovell appears in a cameo.