Harry Potter drawing thousands to Manatee, Sarasota theaters

The midnight showing "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is drawing tons of area residents. Sarasota's Hollywood 20 has almost filled five theaters and is planning to open three additional ones when the fifth fills.

Here in Bradenton, the Royal Palm 20 on SR 70 is having a Harry Potter marathon that has drawn about 100 fans. So far, it has sold nearly 3 theaters for the midnight screening. About 1,000 are expected to attend.

Oakmont 8 on Cortez Road has sold out nearly two theaters.

Check tomorrow's paper for more information.

- January Holmes