After this weekend, Brandon area residents will no longer have to travel to Tampa to see a movie in IMAX. On Friday night, AMC Regency 20 off S.R. 60 is opening it’s first IMAX screen with a showing of Legends of Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and special events for the whole family.

Starting at 4 p.m. Hometown Hero and Valrico resident Zach Bonner and Brandon’s Honorary Mayor Lisa Rodriguez will join the AMC management team to kick-start the grand-opening events with an official ticket-tearing ceremony at the theater.

Then from 4-6 p.m., guests will be able to spin a wheel to win AMC/IMAX prizes, while supplies last, and have their child’s face painted by Dipsy & Doodle or pick up an owl shaped balloon from the Balloon Animal Specialis .

The Care Animal Hospital is scheduled to be present with two live owls for photo opportunities and Music Showcase will have a table set up with activities for children to express themselves musically.

Tickets are on sale now at and for more information, contact Chantal Manno at (954) 200-8012 or by email at

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Kate Quesada
Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.