If you’re looking for something fun to do starting the first weekend in June until the end of August and love movies, watch the classics in a classic way at Tampa Theatre’s 28th Annual Summer Classics Movie Series Lineup.
The Tampa Theatre announced that this summer, it will bring back its famous annual summer classics movie series lineup for the twenty-eighth (28th?) year in a row! The Tampa Theatre is one of the country’s best-preserved movie palaces and is the one of the only movie palaces that has the ability to revive its original programming and show a silent movie with live musical accompaniment on its Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. This summer, Dr. Steven Ball, a nationally renowned theater organist, will be visiting from St. Louis to play the organ during a collection of classic short comedy films featuring some of the best comedians from the silent-film era.
This summer, The Tampa Theatre will be celebrating almost 100 years of filmmaking. The oldest films will be live comedy shorts from the 19-teens and ‘20s, with the musical accompaniment. The most current film on the list is The Shawshank Redemption from 1994, which some consider one of the best films ever made. July 7 will feature the sing-along version of the ‘70s classic, featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, Grease, after it won popular vote in “Fans Pick the Classic.” The runner-up, Jaws, from 1975, will also be shown.
After select films, there will be a Film Talks with some local film experts, including Harriet Deer, a retired USF film professor; and Steve Persall, a recently retired Tampa Bay Times movie critic. They will discuss film’s structure, themes and cultural significance, as well as answer any questions from the audience. The Film Talks are included with the purchase of a movie ticket!
So, if you’re looking for something to do on Sundays this summer, visit The Tampa Theatre for a unique viewing experience, that you cannot find in places of the country, of highly-rated classic movies the way they were meant to be seen- on a big screen in an old theatre. Bring a date, friends, family, or just yourself, to enjoy popcorn and a great film!
Tickets are $10 ($7 for Tampa Theatre Members) for regular films and $13 ($10 for members) for sing-along versions and Silent Sundays. You can buy tickets now at the Franklin Street Box Office or online at tampatheatre.org.
28th Annual Summer Classics Movie Series Lineup
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
2h 9m / Not Rated / Drama – June 2, 3 p.m.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
2h 1m / Not Rated / Comedy – June 9, 3 p.m.
2h 4m / PG / Thriller – June 16, 3 p.m.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
2h 6m / PG / Drama – June 23, 3 p.m.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
1h 45m / PG / Thriller – June 30, 3 p.m.
Sing-Along Grease (1978)
1h 50m / PG-13 / Musical – July 7, 3 p.m.
All That Jazz (1979)
2h 3m / R / Drama – July 14, 3 p.m.
Jurassic Park (1993)
2h 7m / PG-13 / Adventure – July 21, 3 p.m.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
1h 42m / PG / Fantasy – July 28, 3 p.m.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
1h 52m / Not Rated / Comedy – August 4, 3 p.m.
9 to 5 (1980)
1h 49m / PG / Comedy – August 11, 3 p.m.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2h 22m / R / Drama – August 18, 3 p.m.
The Silent Clowns: Comedy Shorts
1h 42m / Not Rated / Comedy – August 25, 3 p.m.
2h / PG / Drama – August 31, 3 p.m.
2h / PG / Drama – September 1, 3 p.m.