Orlando City SC player buys out Orlando screening of ‘Love, Simon’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Sacha Kljestan

ORLANDO | Sacha Kljestan, a midfielder for the Orlando City Soccer Club, and his wife bought out the 8:00 p.m. screening of the LGBTQ youth film “Love, Simon” at the Regal Winter Park Village for Thursday, March 29 so fans can see the movie for free.

“We saw ‘Love, Simon’ opening weekend and absolutely loved it. The movie spreads the message of tolerance, acceptance and equality. We were inspired by other people who did this, so we just want to pay it forward and help spread the love to the people of Orlando,” Kljestan wrote on Twitter.

Kljestan joins a growing list of celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Bomer and Kristen Bell who are buying out theaters across the U.S. to show the film to audiences for free.

“Love, Simon” is the first major studio release of a film that focuses on a teen gay romance. Critics have praised it for being a loving throwback to the John Hughes teen comedies of the 80s. “Love, Simon” has a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Love, Simon,” which opened March 16, is a teen dramedy about a high school kid named Simon coming to terms with being gay after starting an email conversation with another closeted gay teen from his school. The film is based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli.

If you would like to attend the screening, tickets will be available at the Regal Winter Park Village box office the day of the show. Simply ask the box office for the free showing of “Love, Simon.”

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