This summer, relax with TripAdvisor(R), the world's largest travel community, as the company brings its free Traveling Movie Tour film festival to New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. As part of TripAdvisor's movie tour, some of the nation's most prominent venues will be transformed into outdoor movie theaters allowing people to enjoy famous onscreen faces, in some interesting outdoor places.
Starting July 29 in New York City at the World Financial Center Plaza, these special engagements begin at 6 p.m. (with the movie starting at sundown) and will feature one of two family friendly movies -- Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, or Planes, Trains and Automobiles, starring John Candy and Steve Martin. See the full movie tour schedule below.
Take a movie vacation for a night -- and don't forget your suitcase!
Guests are encouraged to bring their friends and family to the outdoor screenings, but most importantly, a piece of new or gently worn luggage -- such as suitcases, duffel bags or backpacks -- to contribute to Suitcases For Kids, a non-profit organization that arranges luggage donations to foster children worldwide. To date, more than 25,000 suitcases have been donated to foster kids in the U.S. and 47 countries since 1996.
Moviegoers can conveniently pack their soon-to-be-donated luggage with snacks for the show (popcorn, candy and soft drinks), and then leave the suitcase behind.
"TripAdvisor is thrilled to be able to bring great travel movies to a city near you this summer," said Christine Petersen, CMO, TripAdvisor. "Plus moviegoers can help foster kids in need through our partnership with Suitcases For Kids."
After dropping off a bag for Suitcases For Kids, festival attendees are encouraged to stop by the TripAdvisor tent to enter for a chance to win a Roman getaway. As part of the five-city movie festival, TripAdvisor is giving away one trip for two to Rome, Italy. Entries will also be accepted at the TripAdvisor Traveling Movie Tour Web site -- www.tripadvisor.com/MovieTour -- where complete film tour details can also be found.
TripAdvisor encourages guests to arrive early to snag a good viewing spot. Following is the movie tour schedule:
New York City, World Financial Center Plaza Tuesday, July 29 - Roman Holiday Miami, Lummus Park South Beach Wednesday, August 6 - Roman Holiday Thursday, August 7 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles Los Angeles, Huntington Beach Pier Plaza Wednesday, August 13 - Roman Holiday Thursday, August 14 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles San Francisco, Union Square Tuesday, August 19 - Roman Holiday Wednesday, August 20 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles Boston, Boston Common Wednesday, August 27 - Roman Holiday Thursday, August 28 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Those who are unable to attend the events can still donate luggage to Suitcases For Kids by visiting www.suitcasesforkids.org for more information.
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*Source: comScore Media Metrix, May 2008 About Suitcases For Kids
Suitcases For Kids was founded by 10-year-old Aubyn Burnside in 1996 in an effort to provide Catawba County (North Carolina) foster care children with suitcases. Since its inception, the organization has grown to become an international non-profit with chapters in every state and 47 countries.
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