For immediate release - April 26, 2005
TAVARES — The Lake County Historical Museum will kick off its second edition of the free summer series “Movies at the Museum” with a reception Friday, May 6, at 2 p.m.
The reception will highlight the accompanying exhibit to the summer-long program of movies that were filmed or set in Lake County. Included in the exhibit is movie memorabilia, photographs and personal stories from citizens who recalled some of the film productions.
“The original idea was to get more people exposed to the museum and to let them know there are a lot of dimensions to Lake County history,” said Dr. Diane Kamp, Director of Lake County museums. She started the summer movie program last year by showing several documentaries that had local historical ties.
“People responded to the documentaries so well last year, I decided to continue the program this year by showing some movies that were filmed in Lake County,” Kamp said. “These movies are just shot here. They really have nothing to do with Lake County, but it gave people a chance to see a movie production and, for a select few, a chance to play an extra in a movie.”
Of the 20 movies known to be filmed in Lake County, Kamp will show seven of them over the course of the summer. Each movie will be shown at 2 p.m. on Mondays in the Lake County Board of County Commission Chambers, 315 W. Main St., Tavares. Seating is limited to the first 250 attendees.
One expected favorite from the free movie showings is Cool Hand Luke, for which Paul Newman was nominated for an Oscar and George Kennedy won an Oscar for best supporting actor. Cool Hand Luke is the only exception to exhibit. While the film was not produced in the area, the story was exclusively set in Lake County.
The schedule for the free summer series of “Movies at the Museum” is as follows:
- May 9 — Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
- May 23 — Rosewood (1997)
- June 6 — Waterboy (1998)
- June 20 — Olive Juice (2001)
- July 11 — Cool Hand Luke (1967)
- July 25 — My Girl (1991)
- Aug. 22 — Jeepers, Creepers (2001)
For more information about the museum, call Kamp at (352) 343-9600. There is always something new to see and do at the Lake County Historical Museum located at 317 W. Main St., Tavares.
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445