Tempe Pollack Cinemas offers free movies & holiday light extravaganza

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The approaching holidays are the time to enjoy good movies and check out Christmas lights. And each holiday season, you can do both at Pollack Tempe Cinemas.

For more than a decade, Valley real estate entrepreneur Michael Pollack of Pollack Investments has been dazzling crowds with his over-the-top, larger-than-life holiday light extravaganzas. But this year,  Pollack promises that his display will be even more amazing, and  twice as big as anything he's ever done before.

"This year's holiday display will absolutely be the most outrageous and over-the-top display I have ever done at my Tempe Cinemas," said Pollack. "Every year we spend close to $30,000 on our displays, and this year I'm spending in excess of $100,000 to produce what I think will be one of most spectacular spectacles in the east Valley, with larger animations and more lights than you can even count."

Pollack will kick-off the holiday display when he flips the switch at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13. As part of Pollack's 13th Annual Holiday Display, the real estate mogul will also offer complimentary holiday movies inside Pollack Tempe Cinema starting at 7:00 p.m. on November 13.

"We're going to show White Christmas," Pollack says. "We're going to show Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And for the kids, Polar Express. "

Free holiday movies will also be shown on Saturday & Sunday, November 15 and 16 at 9:30 a.m.

"Get there early," he advises. "We only have so many seats, and it's first come, first served."

The light  display, which started outside Pollack Headquarters in Mesa nearly 13 years ago with 100,000 lights, has grown to hundreds of thousands of LED lights. It now takes over the entire Pollack Tempe Cinema Shopping Center, home to Pollack's Tempe Cinema at McClintock and Elliot in Tempe.

Pollack, who is celebrating 41 years in real estate, can also be seen in two holiday float parades this season. Pollack's holiday themed float with special guests will first appear in the Tempe Fantasy of Lights Parade, starting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 29. He will also take part in the APS Electric Light Parade on December 6.

Pollack's festive holiday light display will be up from November 13 - Jan. 2. 

Tempe Pollack Cinema

1825 E. Elliot Rd.
Tempe, Ariz. 85284