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 is the Multimedia Manager for the Osprey Observer Newspapers. She has been working for the paper in various positions since 2005 when she graduated with her Masters degree in mass communications. She lives in Valrico with her husband Mike and son Dylan.