By Jessica Tuggle
SEBASTIAN - Moving pictures fascinated people in the late 1800s and they continue to enchant audiences today.
Both outdoor drive-in movies or intimate enclosed theaters have a special charm and help create a wonderful viewing experience, but in this economy going to the movies can be an expensive affair for a family on a budget.
As an outreach to the community, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Sebastian is offering free indoor movie watching opportunities once a month.
A family can bring their own seating to the church and pay $1 for some snacks and enjoy watching a movie together on the big screen, said Laura Goodger, parish administrator.
The next film will be shown on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
"It's a lot of fun and kids bring their pillows and blankets and there are chairs for the adults and we all watch together," Ms. Goodger said.
All of the movies are G-rated, she said.
"Around Christmas time we will be watching Christmas-themed movies," Ms. Goodger said.
If outdoor movie watching strikes a chord, LaPorte Farms can provide just the venue.
During the autumn and winter months, the nonprofit farm opens its gates once a month for a one-of-a-kind movie experience films at the farm.
The movie will be projected onto a large blow-up screen and visitors can snuggle with their loved ones under the stars while enjoying the film, said Laura LaPorte, owner of the farm.
"The gates will be open at 5:30 p.m. so people can go on in and visit with the critters until the movie starts," she said.
Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the farm, which has miniature horses, various birds, goats, zebu, butterflies and more.
The next outdoor movie event will be Sept. 29.
The movie will begin at dusk. Visitors can bring blankets or pillows or chairs or all three, to make themselves comfortable for their outdoor cinematic experience.
Children 3 and younger are free, while others are requested to give a $5 donation. Popcorn, hot dogs and sodas will also be available.
For more information about the indoor movie series at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, call (772) 589-2770. For more information about the outdoor movie series at LaPorte Farms, visit www.laportefarms.com.