5 Movies to Watch while Vacationing on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria- While playing by the beach is always a good time, relaxing at your rental property with some good movies can be just as fun! Many websites such as Netflix, HBO, and Amazon offer these movies to stream, and because most of our properties come with WiFi you can watch what you’d like at your leisure! While there are many great movies to watch when vacationing by the beach, here’s a few of my favorites.

5 Movies to Watch on Vacation

1. 50 First Dates

Personally one of my favorite romances, 50 First Dates is about a man named Henry who sets his heart on a girl named Lucy. However, little does he know that he has a huge obstacle in his way, Lucy’s short term memory loss. Because of this, every morning Henry must woo her again. This movie is comical, heart-warming, and overall the perfect movie to watch on vacation! This movie is PG-13.

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2. Teen Beach Movie

Any kid or family who loves music and the beach will love this Disney movie! Surfers Brady and McKenzie are magically thrown into a 1960’s movie musical, and are forced to make friends with the characters in order to get back. However, they accidentally change the story line when the movie’s main hero and heroine fall in love with them instead of each other! As the movie takes place at a beach, (of course!) any family is sure to enjoy this movie while vacationing on Anna Maria Island. If you’re looking for a movie marathon, there is also Teen Beach Movie 2. This movie is rated G.

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3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

If you love adventure and romance this movie will be one of your favorites. Captain Jack Sparrow finds himself at Port Royal with no ship and no crew. His timing couldn’t be more perfect however as later that day a pirate ship attacks the town and takes none other than the governor’s daughter. A blacksmith named Will Turner happens to be in love with her, and allies with Jack in order to get her back. With so much adventure and an ever exciting plot, you’re sure to love this movie! It is rated PG-13.

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4. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

This movie is perfect for vacationing teens who are keeping in touch with their friends back home. Four best friends named Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget are spending their first summer apart. Before they leave, Carmen finds a pair of “magic” jeans at the thrift store that happen to fit all the girls different body types. In order to keep in touch, the girls decide to send each other the jeans over the summer for luck. While the girls are facing tough times, they know their friends will be there for them in the long run. A touching and funny movie, this movie is perfect for all ages and is rated PG.

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5. Jaws

If you’re into scarier movies, Jaws is right up your alley. Beginning when a young women is killed by a shark, Sheriff Martin Brody wants to close the beaches. However the mayor and a few other businessmen are not happy with this idea as it will lower revenue. Brody is forced to back down, when that following weekend a boy is killed by the predator as well. The boys mother proceeds to put a price on the capture of the shark, and soon a local fisherman and an archaeologist join Brody to find the Great White Shark. While this movie is fantastic I do have a warning! As you ARE vacationing at the beach, if the thought of sea creatures such as stingrays and sharks makes you squeamish to go into the water I wouldn’t recommend watching Jaws. This movie is rated PG.

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Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals and Accommodations

Island Real Estate offers the largest selection of  Anna Maria Island vacation rentals with almost 300 to choose from! For the perfect Florida vacation make your reservation with Island Real Estate today!

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Sunset Glow offers a comfortable living room perfect for relaxing and watching beach movies with friends and family! Click on the image above to learn more about this gorgeous 5 bedroom Anna Maria Island vacation rental!

Bishop Planetarium just off Anna Maria Island, Film

Bishop PlanetariumThe Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton holds Film Friday every week featuring great movies to enjoy. Ticket prices for non members are $5 and $3 for members. All shows start at 6:00pm and it is recommended to reserve your spot as seating is limited. Upcoming films include:

May 31st: The Blob (1988) Rated R

June 7th: Contact (2005) Rated PG

June 14th: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Rated PG

June 21st: District 9 (2009) Rated R

June 28th: Attack the Block (2011) Rated R

 

For a list of previous Film Friday film’s click here.  For up to date information we suggest you visit the Bishop Planetarium website.

Bishop Planetarium
201 10th Street W.
Bradenton, 34205
(941) 746-4131

Annual Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival  returns year after year.  It is on it’s 17th year so it’s a staple for film enthusiasts in the Sarasota area as well as Anna Maria Island. Usually the annual Sarasota film festival runs early April but check their website for exact dates and venues.  The Annual Sarasota film festival takes place at the Regal Hollywood 20 Theater.  The film festival features independent work of new and veteran filmmakers from all around the world.

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Check out the Sarasota Film Festival website for when Tickets go on sale.  Various events are held throughout the festival, such as the red carpet Cinema Tropicale Celebration and free kid-friendly “youthFEST”shows. Prices for individual shows vary from an $8 matinee up to a $20 ticket for the Spotlight or Centerpiece Films. There are also Student Passport, Film Buff, and Film Fanatic packages available to purchase which can offer you up to twenty tickets at a discounted price.  For more information you can call (941) 366-6200.

This is one of the area’s favorite events, due in no small part to it featuring something for everyone including documentaries, shorts, and children’s movies.  A film guide with synopsis of the movies being shown this year can normally be found on the Sarasota Film Festival Website.

Celebrity guests are usually expected to attend Sarasota Film Festival as part of the “In-Conversation With…” Series, which gives audience members a chance to learn about the film making process from actors and directors that were involved in the movie they have just watched.  Past year’s lineups have included Mariel Hemingway, Lili Taylor, Griffin Dunne and Peter Bogdanovich.  Past famous faces among the popcorn include Cheryl Hines and Christopher Abbott.

See you at the movies!

Regal Hollywood 20
1993 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-2000

If you are a film enthusiast and want to stay on Anna Maria Island and take the short commute to the film festival we strongly suggest you reserve your vacation rental by the end of the Summer each year.  Early April is a very popular time to stay on Anna Maria Island and to have a good pick of available vacation rentals we suggest late Summer to choose your perfect “peace” of paradise.

Let’s Go to the Movies! The Bradenton Royal Palm Movie Theater shows ’em all…

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Every once in a while, a little rain must fall.  But when you are staying on Anna Maria Island, you still have lots to do, and lots of activities to choose from.   As we’ve mentioned before on our Top Six Things to Do on a Rainy Day blog , going to the movies can be a good way to pass the time away on a rainy afternoon, or a lazy afternoon, or any afternoon, or evening, for that matter.  Just a quick car ride across the Cortez Bridge and out 53rd Ave/SR70 will take you to the Carmike Royal Palm 20 Theater, where you can catch the latest releases on the big screen.  The Royal Palm 20 is located at 5125 26th Street in Bradenton (map it here).  That’s right, 20 theaters playing the latest shows only a hop, skip and a jump (and about 20 minutes in the car) from the beach!   Check out their website for showtimes.  Their Super Bargain shows start at $6.00 and prices go up from there.  If you are a planner, you can head to Fandango and purchase your tickets to your favorite show online, ahead of time.  They also accept Visa and Mastercard at the ticket counter, and the concession stand.

The last time we were there, the debate was not over which movie to see, but what to add to the popcorn!  The concession stand has a whole” Personalize your Popcorn” station.  You can add their tasty shakers o’ flavor to your classic movie snack.  They have savory and sweet flavors-including cheese!  But the winner for my crowd was our own purchase, and the old stand by- M&Ms!  It’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet…and it’s always a pleasant surprise in the dark of the theater, to guess how many chocolatey treats you might grab out of the bucket!  If you make it early for your show, there’s a seating area in the lobby where you can nosh while you wait.  There is plenty of signage too, to make sure you know which direction to head to catch your flick.   The theaters are good sized, and the seats are large and comfy, with cup holders big enough for those gi-normous drinks!

So, if you are looking for a rainy day activity, or date night fun, head in to town to catch a movie.  They are SURE to be playing something you’ll enjoy at the Royal Palm 20!  Oh yeah, did I mention they have 3-D movies as well?  Sorry, these movies are a bit more expensive but they do supply 3-D plastic glasses to enjoy the movie with, and what a thrill!

Movies on the cheap, Desoto Dollar Movie Theater

Are you looking for a place to go that is air conditioned and has great entertainment on the cheap?  Desoto Dollar movie theater is the right place for you!  The Bradenton Dollar movie theater is just a short fifteen minute drive from Anna Maria island, Fl.  It makes for a great family outing on a day where you are looking for a break from the sun at the beach or if it is a rainy day.

The moviMovie tickets for families vacationing on Anna Maria Islandes are not new releases but they do tend to have a great selection of kids movies as well as movies for the big kids.   Unfortunately, there is no website for the Desoto Movie theater so either call the number below or type Desoto Bradenton into Google.

TIP: They do not accept credit cards, so bring along some cash.

The movie theater is located inside the Desoto Square mall in Bradenton, Fl.  Head East from Anna Maria island.  For directions visit the link below.

Dollar Movies at Desoto Square
303 US 301 Blvd Suite 911
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 744-2950
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