Elvis was in the building and he can still pack the house. This particular building was the Bishop Planetarium and the occasion was the South Florida Museum’s weekly Think and Drink Cinema evening.
The debut of the American Music film series attracted a sold-out crowd for an Elvis Presley concert movie titled “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is.”
Education director Jeff Rodgers and staff members Amara Cocilovo and Jessica Schubick even started a list of stand-by folks hoping for some no-shows.
The Think and Drink cinema evenings are held every Thursday night and start with a pre-screening happy hour and live entertainment.
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Of course, no Elvis-themed evening would be complete without an impersonator and Eddy Rivers filled the jumpsuit very well.
His pre-screening concert kept the audience entertained, if not actually swooning.
Many in the crowd were first-timers, including Mary Beth Boulch and Randy Brown and pals Ange Kelly and Christine Lewis.
Jan Bolt and Niki Rysdale were veterans of the museum’s movie nights since they had seen several earlier films.
Since the $8 ticket is one of the best deals in town, the cinema evenings are popular spots for celebrations.
Patti and Richard Quinnelly were celebrating their 21st anniversary with friends, Glenn and Penny Morgan.
And Jane Mitchell brought a whole party along for her birthday including Inez Anderson, Barbara Eckert, Agnes Rabito and JoAnn Williams.
Other folks spotted in the crowd included Jeff and Helen King, Carol and John Rice, MaryAnn Bott and museum executive director Brynne Anne Besio.
Mark your calendars for the next movie, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.”
Susan Wilcox, a Florida native, has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years. She has been active in many local organizations as a volunteer or an employee.