OCALA — John Travolta wants to take some of his Marion County neighbors to the movies.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the actor, who lives in the Ocala area, plans to buy 1,000 tickets to his movie “Killing Season,” which opens in select theaters on July 12. Travolta, who has lived with his family in the Ocala area for 10 years, said he arranged to have the film open in Ocala that day as well.
Travolta said he plans to provide 1,000 tickets to the general public and to local donors who have supported his causes.
“We've tapped the community quite a bit,” Travolta said. “It's a way of giving back without asking for something back.”
He's giving 300 tickets to donors who've supported his causes through the years. And, starting Thursday, Marion County residents can go to Ocala.com/KillingSeason and answer three trivia questions. Winners will be randomly selected and each will receive two tickets to the movie. The winners will be selected randomly. The deadline to enter is June 30. Winners will be notified July 1.
The screening will take place at Regal's Hollywood 16 in Ocala.
The Travoltas — wife and actress Kelly Preston and children Ella and Ben — live in Jumbolair, a fly-in neighborhood that allows the actor to park his jets in his yard.
To prepare for the film, Travolta traveled to Bosnia and Serbia. It also stars Robert De Niro.
“It's a well-written movie. It's an actor's movie,” Travolta told the newspaper. It's got a lot of movement and action, but it's mostly based on characters.”
While the film is rated R, Travolta said it's likely appropriate for most teens.
The Travoltas have hosted movie premiers to raise money for Marion County charities. Each time, Travolta has walked the red carpet outside the theater signing autographs for non-ticket holders.
In 2010, he bought more than $25,000 in movie snacks for people attending sold-out screenings in Marion County of “Grease Sing-A-Long.” This was an effort to thanks local residents who launched an online campaign to bring the film to Ocala.