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May 1, 2014

Granada plans final Kids' Matinee of season

MT. VERNON — The Granada will host a screening of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” May 10, which will be the final showing for this season’s Classic Kids’ Matinee.

If the next screening draws a good crowd, organizers say the matinee program will have served roughly 700 kids and parents this season.

“I think it’s important,” said David Lister, president of the Granada’s Board of Directors. “Some of these kids, it’s their first movie ever.”

Doors open for the May 10 showing at 1:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 2 p.m. All children who attend must be accompanied by an adult.

The Granada Center for the Performing Arts presents the Classic Kids’ Matinee once a month each year from October to May. Admission is free and concessions are offered for a modest fee.

Lister said the Granada holds a great deal of memories for area residents. Organizers often hear from parents who say they saw their first movie in the theater years ago, he said.

Without the Classic Kids’ Matinee, many local children would not get to experience a day out at the movies since going to a first-run theater is so expensive, Lister said.

Together, the Classic Kids’ Matinee program and Mt. Vernon’s summer Movie in the Park series provide a free movie for local families every month of the year, he said.

“That’s a nice little quality of life issue,” Lister said.

Lister said attendance for this season’s Classic Kids’ Matinee has fluctuated. The high point so far was the January screening of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” which was attended by about 150 people, he said.

Other screenings, like last month’s showing of “The Love Bug,” did not attract as many people in part because the weather was so nice, Lister said.

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