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Melrose Film Festival Best of the Fest

The Melrose Film Festival 2023 presents a special encore “Best of the Fest” in-person screening at the Melrose Center on Saturday October 7, 2023 from 1-5pm. As Melrose Film Festival shifted to online screenings in 2020-2022, we’re excited to share award winners from all categories from 2018-2022 on the big LED screen. This includes documentaries, shorts, micro-shorts, music videos, and animation from around the world. 

Melrose Film Festival 2024 will open for entries on March 1, 2024 on for videos under 10 minutes in the following categories: documentaries, shorts, micro-shorts, music videos, animation and AI (new for 2024).

Summer at Your Library – Star Wars Premiere Party

Audiences lined up in the summer of 1977 to experience Star Wars: A New Hope.  Celebrate 45 years of Star Wars with the Melrose Center with activities, movie screenings and a meet and greet with our newest team member, R2-KN3! Registration required for select events.

  • Fab Lab Workshop – Star Wars Lightsaber
    • 11am-12:30pm.  This is a registered event, with limited seating.  Sign up using this link
  • Fab Lab Workshop – Star Wars TIE Fighter
    • 1pm-2:30pm.  This is a registered event, with limited seating.  Sign up using this link
  • Movie Screening – Star Wars: A New Hope
    • 11am-1:30pm.  See the movie that started it all in a galaxy far, far away.
  • VR Gaming – Tales From Galaxy’s Edge
    • 11am-2pm.  This is a registered event, with limited availability.  Sign up for this experience the day of the event at the Melrose Center Desk, first come first served.
  • Droid Meet & Greet
    • 11am-2pm.  Meet R2-KN3, the Melrose Center astromech droid!  ‘Kenny’ will be available for photo ops throughout the event.
  • Movie Screening – The Hidden Fortress
    • 2pm-4pm.  Are you a super fan looking for the deep cut?  Stay for our screening of Akira Kurosawa’s influential 1958 classic.

A Century of Memories at the Melrose Gallery

The rich history of the Orange County Library System’s Albertson Public Library and Orlando Public Library is captured in these photographs taken through the decades. Images portray library patrons using resources and technology of different eras, library staff members engaged in everyday activities, and compelling shots of the two buildings that have occupied the corner of Rosalind Ave and Central Boulevard for the last 100 years.  The exhibit will be on display through November 2023.

Summer At Your Library – Melrose Pop Festival

On June 10th, the Melrose Center pays tribute to a seminal event in the history of popular music with the Melrose Pop Festival. Over a weekend in June 1967 at the County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California, organizers led by record producer Lou Adler and musician John Phillips staged the Monterey International Pop Festival. The festival brought together acts from an array of regional musical scenes, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Memphis and London. It featured memorable break out performances by Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, the Who and Ravi Shankar among others. The success of the Monterey Pop Festival led directly to the advent of subsequent large-scale music festivals, from Woodstock at the end of the 1960s right through to current-day fixtures like Glastonbury and Coachella.  

While the Melrose Pop Festival will occur in a single afternoon rather than over multiple days, the event will serve as the Melrose Center’s homage to the spirit of Monterey. It will be an afternoon of Peace Love and Music, featuring six acts with Central Florida ties.  Eugene Snowden headlines the bill with his special blend of blues and soul. Beth McKee brings her southern roots sound to the festivities with her Funky Time Band. Indie-folk singer-songwriter Hannah Stokes, winner of Orlando Weekly’s 2022 Readers Poll Best Singer-Songwriter award, will be accompanied by her full band.  The Oak Hill Drifters will lend their rockabilly western swing sensibilities to the proceedings. Milk Carton Superstars will appear with a sampling of their songs made mostly from guitar, drums and reasonable words. And making a rare in-person performance, Orlando’s longtime leading exporter of lo-fi original music, Marc With a C, will open the festival with a solo mini-set. 

Hosted by Marko Torres, the Melrose Pop Festival will take place on the newly refurbished Melrose Stage from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Photo Studio Renovations Complete

After a brief closure to remove the drop ceiling, the Photo Studio is back open and available to reserve for credentialed members! Come check out the newly renovated space. We have two paths to access available: full studio including cameras, and studio space only. If you’re interested in gaining credentials, come see us and we’ll get you started!

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