(SAVANNAH, GA) In celebration of the 80th annual Academy Awards, patrons of the Savannah Movie Tour will receive a free scoop of ice cream from Leopold’s Ice Cream. The offer coincides with the beginning of Academy Award week, Monday, February 18, and continues through the end of the month.

“The Savannah Movie Tour celebrates the many movies that have been filmed in Savannah over the years, and the Academy Awards celebrates the best in cinema each year,” says Savannah Movie Tours founder and CEO Ron Higgins, who adds that movies filmed in Savannah have won 10 Academy Awards. “Bringing patrons of the Savannah Movie Tour to Leopold’s—which is coincidentally owned by Stratton Leopold, a world-famous movie producer—couldn’t be a more perfect or delicious way to pay tribute to the 2008 Oscars.”

Higgins, a filmmaker and Savannah native, established the Savannah Movie Tour in 2003. The tour has been featured in publications including The Hollywood Reporter, The Dallas Morning News, The Miami Herald and the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Tour goers get an up close and personal glimpse of sites that have been immortalized in films, including the bench from “Forrest Gump,” the infamous Mercer House from “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and the Six Pence Pub, which was featured in “Something to Talk About.” The tour leaves daily at 4 p.m. from the Savannah Visitor Information Center, 301 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

“Hollywood” Ron Higgins is a filmmaker who has been involved in numerous movies including “Forrest Gump,” “Training Day,” “Remember The Titans” and “Pearl Harbor.” He founded Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. in 2003 to give tourists a glimpse into Savannah’s rich movie history. Since then, he has expanded the company’s offerings to include the Scary Ghost Tour and Foody Tour Savannah. All tours are conducted on a luxury, air-conditioned bus, which is equipped with state-of-the-art LCD screens. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 912-234-3440 or visit www.savannahmovietours.com.

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