John Travolta's motorcycle to be auctioned

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A motorcycle ridden by John Travolta will be auctioned off to help with the restoration of a landmark movie theater.

The "Wild Hogs" star, who owns a home near Ocala, attended a premiere for the movie in the city on March 2. Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, drove down the red carpet on a custom-made Harley-Davidson motorcycle, modeled after one in the film.

Travolta autographed the bike, and it will be auctioned off at a benefit dinner in May. Also on the auction block will be Travolta’s signed leather jacket and a signed motorcycle helmet.

Money raised by the auction will support the Marion Theatre renovation project and the Ocala Film Commission.

"John has done so much for us, and we think the gala is going to be another great event," Marion Theatre spokeswoman Tava Sofsky said.

The Marion Theatre first opened in 1940. It closed in October for renovations, but officials hope to reopen it in July.


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