Vaccine freebies: Green Light offers free popcorn, No Vacancy offers free shot

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A shot for a shot, St. Pete small businesses are offering vaccine freebies this and next week.

Green Light Cinema, an independent movie theater located in downtown St. Petersburg will offer a free bag of popcorn to moviegoers the weekend of April 16. Green Light Cinema was one of the most anticipated concepts coming to the Sunshine City before the pandemic hit. During Localtopia 2019 owner Mike Hazlett put up the coming soon sign and received a multitude of intrigue from the art loving community.

Limited capacity, special screenings, plexiglass shields, and mask mandates have allowed those longing for a movie experience the opportunity to safely indulge in the best cinema across the globe.

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“The arts are really the caboose of this pandemic,” said Hazlett in a phone conversation with I Love the ‘Burg. While other businesses expand capacity and reopen, art houses and concert venues that are reliant on indoor space with a higher volume of spectators may take the longest to return to total normalcy.

For now, popular hits like “Fear of Rain,” which was filmed in St. Petersburg, and Oscar nominated shorts and feature films, have helped the cinema make it through these times.

Hazlett hopes to spark some interest, and provide a small bit of joy to film lovers with the free bag of popcorn. To receive your free bag of popcorn this weekend just bring in your vaccine card.

Reserve your tickets in advance, and see what films are screening in the future on Green Light’s website.

Green Light isn’t the only local spot offering vaccine freebies.

A shot for a shot in downtown St. Pete

Hunger & Thirst Restaurant Group will give a free shot to guests who visit any of its concepts with proof of their COVID-19 vaccination on both Wednesday April 21 and April 28. The “Get the Shot, Get a Shot” events will take place from 5 p.m. to close at all HTG locations, which includes The Avenue, No Vacancy and both Park & Rec DTSP and TPA.

“The pandemic has hit all of us hard in so many ways and now with vaccinations available to all adults, we thought this event would be fun to celebrate what feels like light at the end of the tunnel,” said HTG Founder + CEO Stephen Schrutt. “It felt pretty fitting and symbolic to do this giveaway. After having to close our doors last year, we’re looking forward to a great future and want to share that with our community in a fun way.”

The shot* will be served in a syringe to go along with the theme of vaccinations. Guests need to be fully vaccinated and show their vaccination cards in person to receive their free shot. One shot per guest and must be 21+ with ID.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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