Fortuna Business Improvement District with the help of 25 sponsors had a very successful first free movie viewing in Fortuna this past weekend for their Annual Kids Free Movie event. Over 300 children and 155 adults filled three theaters and overflowed with the Christmas spirit.
Fortuna Theatre staff arrived early to pop popcorn, fill soda cups, and ready the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" for the over 450 residents who lined up to enjoy a special viewing with their families and friends.
Volunteers in reindeer antlers rushed around to set up a smooth flowing routine to get viewers their free popcorn and soda. Another line formed for adults who wanted some special snacks for themselves or extra treats for their loved ones.
It did not take long for the 250 seat largest screen theater to fill up and flow into the second screening room seating 125. Keeping the environment comfortable and cozy a third screen was opened up and everyone was ready to watch.
As the children left the movie they were presented with coupons, certificates, and a free stuffed animal donated by local businesses.
Dianna Crow, FBID Director shared, "We could not put on this wonderful event for our local kids if it were not for the generous donations of local businesses, the City of Fortuna, and our dedicated volunteers."
The event was made possible by Holiday Inn Express, A.M. Baird Engineering, Fortuna Best Western Country Inn, Bob's Footlongs, Redwood Village Shopping Center, HealthSPORT, Green's Pharmacy, Stitch Witch, Wendt Construction, J&G Lawn and Garden, Cindy's Styling Center, Les Schwab Tire Center Fortuna, Don Brown State Farm Insurance, Cobra Butterfly & Get Fit Baby, Fortuna Pet Shoppe, Accurate Termite & Pest Solutions, Terry Pontes CPA, Advanced Cellular Repair, Taco Loco, Glamorous Boutique, Coast Central Credit Union Fortuna, Tom Herman Attorney At Law, Gobel's Mortuary, Demello, McAuley, McReynolds & Holland, LLP, FBID, and the city of Fortuna.
The free tickets are available to any child under 12 and their chaperone. There are plenty of volunteer chaperones at the event and parents are encouraged to drop off their older under 12 children so they can go shop the many wonderful stores in Fortuna to wrap up that Christmas shopping. This event is a great way to sneak in those last minute gifts for your kids while they are entertained with a great free movie.
The next movie is on Dec. 15 and free tickets are available for a viewing of "Puss in Boots." For more information or ticket locations you can contact FBID at 725-9261.