Paul Newman may be gone, but his philanthropy continues in charming ways.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Enzian, the Paul Newman Foundation is contributing gourmet popcorn that will be given out for free the week of Feb. 15 while supplies last at the Maitland theater.
The Oscar-winning actor attended the first Florida Film Festival at the Enzian and served on the theater's National Advisory Board.
"Building Enzian was about creating a special experience worthy of the world’s most important art form -- the movies," founding director Philip Tiedtke said in a statement. "Our hope was that Enzian would become a unique oasis in a community increasingly homogenized by modern life."
Moviegoers know it has attained that oasis status. For the record, the first film shown at the Enzian in 1985 was the 1919 silent "Broken Blossoms." Lillian Gish, star of that D.W. Griffith drama, was the Enzian's first special guest.
Offerings from the nonprofit Enzian range from cult classics and family films to festivals saluting Jewish, South Asian and local filmmakers.
The Enzian has given us another reason to celebrate Newman, who died in 2008. He was a nine-time Oscar nominee for his acting. He collected three Oscars in all: an honorary award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the best-actor prize for "The Color of Money." His other memorable films include "The Hustler," "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting," "Slap Shot," "The Verdict" and "Nobody's Fool."
Thanks for the great memories and the free popcorn.
Favorite Newman movie? Tie: "Slap Shot" for comedy, "The Verdict" for drama.