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MLS player rents out theater so people can see ‘Love, Simon’ for free

Sacha Kljestan is bringing Orlando’s LGBTQ community to the movies Thursday night.

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Sacha Kljestan is supporting gay films and the local LGBTQ community in Orlando.
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

A bunch of people in Orlando will be watching the gay teen romantic comedy ‘Love, Simon’ for free tonight, thanks to local Major League Soccer player Sacha Kljestan.

The Orlando City SC player and his wife have rented out a local theater for a showing of the film, and they are donating the tickets to people in the local LGBTQ community.

“I was inspired by a few other people who did it,” Kljestan said on Orlando City SC’s Web site. “I saw Neil Patrick Harris do it and Kristen Bell and obviously Robbie Rogers is a very good friend of mine and his husband directed the movie. On opening weekend my wife and I went to see it and we really loved the movie and the message it presented.”

Rogers and his husband, director Greg Berlanti, previously rented out theaters in Kentucky and Mississippi so LGBTQ youth could see the film.

Kljestan and his wife donated half of the tickets to The Zebra Coalition, which will give the tickets to youth. The other half of the tickets are available tonight at the Regal Winter Park Village on Orlando Ave. The showing is at 8pm, and anyone who drops by the theater box office before the start of the film can pick up two tickets until they’ve run out.