A ‘Spectre’ of Light After the Dark

Only on Hilton Head

Unedited version submitted for the Island Packet, Sunday, October 30, 2016

After three weeks of hurricane disaster news and heroic recovery efforts, it’s good to know that anticipated, community-oriented events are still being planned and executed by business leaders who themselves are also recovering from Matthew’s devastation.

Mann's in Cinema Foyer

Larry and Lucie Mann enjoy intermission with wine and popcorn at their movie theater in Park Plaza, Hilton Head, SC.

Lucie and Larry Mann, owners/operators of Mann’s Park Plaza Cinema are hosting the Concours d’Elegance kick-off event Thursday, November 3, 2016, in a grand, silver screen party in the courtyard of their business located at 33 Office Park Rd, Ste 201, in Park Plaza just outside the main Sea Pines gate, next to Harris Teeter.

“We’ve been clearing debris from around our business and house, but as they say, the show must go on,” said Lucie on Sunday while she and her husband worked selling movie tickets, bartending, and conducting a Q&A via Skype with the filmmakers of an independent documentary about eating a plant-based diet called, “Eating Your Heart Out.”

It was like watching those motorized housekeepers on that old cartoon, The Jetsons, zipping around on motorized wheels, sweeping, while taking corners, smiling, talking, fielding questions about completely unrelated topics, films, and causes, heads swiveling to take in the whole business while staying focused on the conversation at hand.  I thought to myself, “I want what she’s having,” like the woman in that Rob Reiner movie.

Understand, this kind of multi-tasking is awesome to me.  I had just left my car parked in front of the box office and completely forgot about it for like, fifteen minutes because I had to remember both, buying popcorn, AND getting my mother seated AT THE SAME TIME.  Lucie carefully, kindly, and discreetly, tiptoed down the aisle and leaned over to me in the dark, saying, “Carmen, can you please move your car, so others can drop off their guests in front of the theater?”

Delicately implied at the end of that question, of course, was the word “numbnuts?”.

Hand-made earrings by Lucie Mann

Lucie Mann’s original, hand-crafted earrings, “No Two Are Alike”, are sold in the movie theater for $15 – $30/pair.

Lucie and Larry both bring an array of skills and talents to their partnership, which always culminates in amazing productions at their business.  Lucie is an architect by trade.  She also crafts her own earrings, and participates in local events that promote healthy, organic cooking and eating.  Larry’s background in contracting dovetails perfectly with their shared passion for neighborhood and community events, and of course all of these interests logically pointed them to buying a movie theater, right?

So, thanks to their shared passions, on November 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm, islanders will get a glimpse of Hollywood glamour, in the shape of one of the ten Aston Martin DB10’s made specifically for Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, (which will get it’s premiere Hilton Head screening also at Mann’s Nov. 3rd event).  This custom made car – estimated worth $3 million – is the only one currently being displayed in the United States as EON Productions rolls out its latest Bond movie, which also marks a fifty-year partnership between Astin Martin and EON, the company behind the 007 franchise.

Ilya Kagan, regional manager for Aston Martin, explained the precision and detail that went into the creation of the DB10, as well as the difference between “hero” cars, and “stunt” cars, when it comes to custom designing a car for a film.

James Bond and Astin Martin

Daniel Craig as James Bond, Agent 007, poses with one of 10 Aston Martin DB10’s made for the movie, Spectre, premiering on Hilton Head November 3, 2016 at Park Plaza Cinemas.

For the movie, Spectre, ten Aston Martin DB10’s were made.  Some were stunt cars, driven by the stunt doubles for the movie’s action sequences, and others, termed hero cars, are piloted by Daniel Craig as James Bond.  Unfortunately we, drooling cinematic plebeians, don’t get to know which of these cars will be on site at the Park Plaza Cinema courtyard on November 3, 2016.  But hey, who cares, right?  A three million dollar car is a three million dollar car, no matter whose derriere graced the driver’s seat, in my book.

“We at Aston Martin The Americas are excited to be able to bring this piece of cinematic history to a local movie showing at Hilton Head, SC. This is a very extraordinary vehicle, with only ten of them made, and with one of the examples of this car being sold On 19 February 2016, at a special auction at Christie’s in London for £2,424,500, or about $3.5 million, it makes for a very rare opportunity to see something like this in person,” said Kagan.

Attendees will get photo-ops with the DB10, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a screening of

Rows of red chairs in theater

Spectre attendees will enjoy the screening in Park Plaza Cinema’s new luxury reclining red theater chairs.


Sounds like Vincent Chase’s sneak preview party in the movie Entourage, right?  Only, we’ll all keep our clothes on during the party, ‘kay?

Proceeds from Thursday’s event will go towards the Concours D’Elegance, and to the non-profit, Driving Young America (DYA), A Hilton Head Island High School program that supports students interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry. Local vendors participating include, Ruby Lee’s, It’s Greek to Me, Delishee Yo, Whole Foods, Java Burrito, Signe’s Bakery & Café, Butch Hirsch Productions, TR Media World, and Crush Entertainment, Hugo’s Seafood & Steakhouse, 843 The Restaurant,

 Tickets Are Going Fast, So Buy Now

Spectre Event Specifics:

What –  Spectre Screening; Concourse D’Elegance Kick-Off Event
Food, wine, photo-op with Aston Martin from film
When – 5:30 pm, Thursday, November 3, 2016,
Where – Mann’s Park Plaza Cinemas, 33 Office Park Rd, Hilton Head
Tickets – $25.00 online here, Spectre Event Tickets or visit              www.mannsparkplazacinemas.com for more info.
Contact – 843-785-5001


Rainy Days; NOT That We Get Any, But On Occasion…

For those of you visiting this week, we extend our deepest thanks for putting on a brave face and checking out The Vacation Company blog for ways to enjoy this gorgeous island no matter what, darn it.  Besides an index listing of past blogs highlighting activities that don’t require sunlight to enjoy,  here are a few more that I think will lighten the mood around the ping-pong table and boob tube.

1.) Coastal Discovery Museum 843.689.6767

Learn about Loggerhead Sea Turtles at the
Coastal Discovery Museum. 

Honey Horn Location
70 Honey Horn Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC  29926

60 acres of interactive fun, including a butterfly exhibit, plus a converted plantation house full of displays and indoor educational activities for kids.

Museum Location*
100 William Hilton Pkwy (Hwy 278)
Hilton Head Island, SC  29926

The original museum is also open with dioramas and historical displays, loggerhead turtle exhibit, and movies.

*This location open only until the end of summer 2011, when all exhibits and artifacts will be moved to their permanent home at Honey Horn Plantation.

2.)Movie Theaters:
Below are listed according to proximity to Vacation Company home and villa rentals.
Park Plaza Cinema 843.715.0479

33 Office Park Rd.
Hilton Head Island, SC  29928

With 6 movie screens, a lounge with nightly entertainment, and a cafe, there’s something for everyone here. A favorite with locals and visitors alike.

Coligny Theatre 843.686.3500
1 N. Forest Beach, Building 1-5
Hilton Head Island, SC  2928

Located next to the Earle of Sandwich Pub in Coligny Plaza, just off Coligny Circle with accesses from Pope Avenue, Avocet St., North Forest Beach Dr., and Lagoon Rd., Coligny Theatre is Hilton Head Island’s first theater and the only one for many years.  Remaining a single-screen theater through the years, it specializes in 1st-run, independent and art-house films, and is a true island gem.

Click here for a map of Coligny Plaza to help you find it.

Northridge Cinema 10, HHI 843.342.3800

435 William Hilton Pky.
Hilton Head Island, SC  29926

A little further up the road on the right, off Hwy 278, just past Port Royal Plantation and the Matthews Dr. intersection, this multi-plex shows all feature releases, 3-D, and has facilities for kids’ parties.

3.) The Batters Box 843.715.2737
2 Southwood Park Dr.
Hilton Head Island, SC  29928

This place has it all, especially if you want to bring the outside in, and cabin fever may be getting the best of everyone.  Reservations recommended.  Click here for directions.

4.) The Art Cafe 843.785.5525
Located next to the Frosty Frog lounge in Coligny Plaza.  A “paint-your-own potter studio,” this place has rainy day activity written all over it.

5.) Home Video Making.
If none of the above ring your bell, get out the video camera.

WHY, you should ask?
Because we want to make you a star.  Read on for exciting details…

MAKE A COMMERCIAL FOR THE VACATION COMPANY, promote the property you’re renting or a special feature about it that your family is loving, and we’ll post the finished product on our website and Facebook.
Edited video sample made by guests who stayed with us summer of 2011.

If you’re not interested in making your own video, but would like to see some others, being that it is a rainy day, and you guys really have nothing else to do, besides eat chips, drink beer, play video games, watch movies, or Facebook yourselves to death with status updates like, ‘drank my last beer,’ then go to our YouTube account and browse our own home video tours, and some other just-for-fun videos.

See you at the movies!