04/06/2012 at 09:00 AM EDT
contacted a movie theater in his publicist's home town of Birmingham, Ala., and arranged a special screening for 50 of her closest friends and family of his new movie, American Reunion.
Oh, and the actor, of course, picked up the tab, as well.
"He wanted to surprise her and show his appreciation to a community of people who have supported her and her family while they have been traveling to promote the film," says a source close to the actor. – Jennifer Garcia