'The Truman Show' turns 15

Published: Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 09:22 AM.

"Some of the local area got a huge shot in the arm," Davis said. "We were able to rent one-third of our inventory to actors and upper level staff at a time when we would've otherwise been sucking in air."

The out-of-towners also enjoyed local fare as local restaurants catered food in and actors dined out. Sargeant even hosted an opening cast party at The Red Bar.

"I thought there should be a kick-off party, so I told them, 'Let me take you someplace,'" she said. "We closed the place down."

While Seaside was already a popular destination, after "The Truman Show" was released in June 1998, a whole new flock of tourists made the pilgrimage to the town, whose movie name was “Seahaven.”

"The after-effect was very strong," Davis said. "People wanted to see where 'The Truman Show' was filmed. The Gaetz family renamed their house, The Truman House, and people would go in to Modica Market and shake Charlie Modica's hand."

When the movie was set to be released, locals celebrated in style, with an exclusive release party that benefited the Seaside Neighborhood School. The event started with a screening of "The Truman Show" at United Artists in Fort Walton Beach — remember, Walton County and Destin didn't have premier theaters at that time — and ended with a black tie optional gala at the Seaside Lyceum.

Tickets were $100 per person, or $115 including the round-trip shuttle ride. Guests were gifted with a champagne glass engraved with "The Truman Show" logo and the event date, Wednesday, June 3, 1998.

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