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Big crowds expected at Eastwood Mall for Disney Channel star
September 8, 2011 - Andy Gray
Saturday might not be the best day for a casual shopping excursion at Eastwood Mall in Niles.
Large crowds are expected Saturday for an appearance by Bella Thorne, the teen star of the top-rated Disney Channel series “Shake It Up.”
Here’s the note Joe Bell, director of corporate communications for mall owner The Cafaro Company, attached to the reminder press release: “A warning for parents taking their kids to this event: Come early. Over recent weekends, Thorne has appeared at other malls, drawing crowds of 3,500 - 5,000. Many people have waited in line for hours.”
Thorne is scheduled to sign autographs from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the mall’s center court. When “Twilight” actor Peter Facinelli came to the mall in 2010, he stayed for several hours beyond his scheduled time to meet the demand for autographs and photos. Then again, fans were paying $25 for each autograph (more for photos) and a portion of the proceeds went to charity.
Autographs are free on Saturday (limit of one per person), so there’s no guarantee Thorne will stay past 3 p.m.
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Bella Thorne plays CeCe on "Shake It Up." (Disney Channel)