MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- More than 800 people filled the seats at the base theater and enjoyed a free showing of the new movie “Jarhead” in celebration of the United States Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Nov.10.
The movie, about a Marine’s experiences in the Corps during the first Gulf War, was presented free-of-charge by the base theater. The theater got the film, released in public theaters across the country Nov. 4, from Navy Motion Picture, according to Debbie Hoffman, manager of the theater.
“They called us up wondering if we wanted to show it on the Marine Corps’ birthday,” said Hoffman. “And, of course, we wanted to do it for our Marines. We were glad to be able to show it for free. It’s always a privilege to serve our Marines and sailors.”
The free showing was announced a few days before hand, and by the time the doors opened at 5 p.m. for the 6:30 showing, a crowd of anxious moviegoers had gathered outside.
“Everyone was very excited,” said Hoffman. “It’s always nice to be given something free, and seeing a movie about Marines was a very appropriate way for them to celebrate the occasion.”
The free evening of entertainment was greatly appreciated by all in attendance as indicated by the shouts and cheers that erupted as the lights dimmed and the movie began.
“It was a really great time,” said one Marine at the theater. “We all enjoyed the movie and it was a very thoughtful gesture, especially on our birthday.”