By TRAVIS MORSE email@example.com
---- — 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.
“If it’s sunny and warm, you can’t fight Mother Nature,” Lister said.
The films selected for the 2013-2014 matinee season have included a mix of live action and animated movies. Several local banks and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center have served as sponsors.
Granada officials and sponsors had input on which films were chosen. The upcoming May 10 screening is sponsored by Banterra Bank.
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is a 2012 live-action Disney film starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. It follows the story of a magical boy and the effect he has on those around him.
Sharon Maxedon, manager of Banterra Bank, said her company is proud to support the Classic Kids’ Matinee as it gives local children and their families a more affordable option for going to the movies.
“It’s a win-win for everyone,” Maxedon said. “I think it’s actually good will. Anything to do with children, the bank is very supportive.”
Prior to the May 10 screening, a drawing will be held for a free kids’ birthday party at the Froggeez family fun center.
For more information on the matinee, contact the Granada at 740-0707.