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Dollar family movies in Fort Myers

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More than forty years ago, there was a run-down drive-in movie theater in a Pennsylvania suburb. The theater was small and ragged, it played second (or third) run films and the boards of the wooden screen showed through the projection. It had one attraction: a $1 admission to a double feature on certain weekday evenings. Okay, they also had a drawing for a free pizza during intermission and, considering the low attendance, it was pretty easy to win.

The dollar movie has pretty much gone the way of the drive-in except in Fort Myers. Imagine a family film matinee in a modern theater where admission is only a dollar for family films on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. This is what you can expect for the next few weeks at the Regal theater in the Bell Tower Shops at the corner of Daniels and U.S.Route 41. Called the “Summer Movie Express,” admission to these movies is only $1. Tickets must be purchased at the theater and all movies start at 10:00 a.m. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Here’s the schedule (Story lines from IMDb):

Tue July 22 Turbo - From the makers of MADAGASCAR and KUNG FU PANDA, TURBO is a high-velocity 3D comedy about a snail who dares to dream big - and fast. After a freak accident infuses him with the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the world's fastest race, the Indianapolis 500. With the help of his tricked-out streetwise snail crew, this ultimate underdog puts his heart and shell on the line to prove that no dream is too big, and no dreamer too small.

Wed July 23 Walking with Dinosaurs - For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. "Walking with Dinosaurs" is the ultimate immersive experience, utilizing state of the art 3D to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world, where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.

Tue July 29 Mr. Peabody & Sherman - Mr. Peabody is a business titan, inventor, scientist, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist and genius...who also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet - being a parent.

Wed July 30 Rio - In Rio de Janeiro, baby macaw, Blu, is captured by dealers and smuggled to the USA. While driving through Moose Lake, Minnesota, the truck that is transporting Blu accidentally drops Blu's box on the road. A girl, Linda, finds the bird and raises him with love. Fifteen years later, Blu is a domesticated and intelligent bird that does not fly and lives a comfortable life with bookshop owner Linda. Out of the blue, clumsy Brazilian ornithologist, Tulio, visits Linda and explains that Blu is the last male of his species, and he has a female called Jewel in Rio de Janeiro. He invites Linda to bring Blu to Rio so that he and Jewel can save their species. Linda travels with Blu and Tulio to Rio de Janeiro and they leave Blu and Jewel in a large cage in the institute where Tulio works. While they are having dinner, smugglers break into the institute and steal Blu and Jewel to sell them. Linda and Tulio look everywhere for Blu, who is chained to Jewel and hidden in a slum. Meanwhile, Jewel and Blu escape from their captors and befriend a group of birds that help them to get rid of the chains. It is Carnival and the smugglers and mean cockatoo, Nigel, do not intend to give up Blu and Jewel, and chase the birds through the crowded streets.

Come on out and enjoy the show.

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