The city of Tampa has long had a love affair with cinema. From hosting the 'Bollywood Academy Awards' to Gasparilla Film Festival and the recent slew of star studded hits soon to finish production (i.e. The Infiltrator and Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children), the lights and buzz of the industry have taken over the city.
Though Tampa may be the future of the film industry, the Tampa Theatre, one of the most renowned and beautiful historic cinemas in the world, pays homage to the history of film with their Summer Classics Series. Screenings take place at 3pm each Sunday through the end of August.
Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street.
Back To The Future
"Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, an '80s teen who takes a ride in a "flux capacitor"-rigged DeLorean invented by the nutty Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and ends up in 1955. Once on the ground, Marty meets his teen-aged mother (Lea Thompson) and accidentally wins her affections, thereby threatening the relationship she's supposed to form with his father (Crispin Glover). Now it's a do-or-never-be-born situation: Marty must get his parents to fall in love before Doc Brown sends him back to the proper decade."
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of BACK TO THE FUTURE immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public. Follow this link to purchase your tickets.
"The classic screwball comedy features Fred Astaire as Jerry Travers, an American dancer who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). One evening, Jerry practices his new dance steps late into the night in Horace's hotel room, much to the annoyance of sleeping model Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) in the room below. When she goes upstairs to complain, the attraction is immediate, but complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for his producer, Horace."
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of TOP HAT immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public. Follow this link to purchase your tickets.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
"Based on Truman Capote's novel, young socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) meets aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) when he moves into her apartment building. Paul is "sponsored" by an older woman (Patricia Neal) whose interest in the young man is more than literary, but he strikes up a platonic friendship with Holly, taking it upon himself to protect her from the worst aspects of city life."
Sing-Along The Sound Of Music
"After proving too high-spirited for the Mother Abess and other nuns, Maria is sent off to work as a governess for the Von Trapp family’s seven unruly children. The family is run in military style by the seemingly cold-hearted Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a lonely, widowed naval officer, but Maria’s warmth and love for the children soon win the Captain’s heart. Despite their newfound happiness, however, Hitler is ascending to power, and Captain Von Trapp must decide whether to join the Nazi party or force his family to leave their home forever."
This special screening invites guests to sing along with the lyrics on the screen, play along with the interactive props provided and dress in their favorite THE SOUND OF MUSIC-inspired outfits for a costume parade on-stage before the show! Follow this link to purchase your tickets.
Gone With The Wind
"This American epic romance adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh), her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), and her marriage to Rhett Butler (Clark Gable)."
West Side Story
"This modern “Romeo and Juliet” tale is set in New York's Upper West Side in the 1950s, where the area's slums are plagued by racial tensions between two rival gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Caucasian Jets. In the middle is young, innocent Maria (Natalie Wood), a Puerto Rican seamstress whose brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris), is the leader of the Sharks. Despite warnings from Bernardo's fiery girlfriend, Anita (Rita Moreno), Maria falls in love with a young, hopeful Polish boy, Tony (Richard Beymer), who used to belong to the Jets."
Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall will lead a short discussion of WEST SIDE STORY immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public. Follow this link to purchase tickets.
"Martin Scorsese's GOODFELLAS is the wry, violent story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), an aspiring criminal who ends up in witness protection after testifying against his former partners, Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy De Vito (Joe Pesci). But when a botched robbery lands Henry in prison and leaves Jimmy and Tommy to kill off everyone else involved, Henry’s reckless infidelities and drug abuse damage his association with his adopted Mob “family.”"
Local film expert Bob Ross will lead a short discussion of GOODFELLAS immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public. Follow this link to purchase tickets.
August 22 & 23
Nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Torn between “love and virtue” and with the Germans on his tail, Rick must choose between his feelings for Ilsa and helping Laszlo escape the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
This film will have TWO SHOWTIMES. Saturday, August 22 at 7:30pm. Sunday, August 23 at 3pm. Follow this link to purchase tickets.
The Phantom of the Opera
At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom (Lon Chaney) threatens famous lyric singer Carlotta (Virginia Pearson), forcing her to give up playing “Marguerite” in Faust and turn the coveted role over to young, unknown soprano Christine Daae (Mary Philbin). But when Christine meets the disfigured, masked phantom in the catacombs of the theatre, his true motives become clear. 1h 33m/Not Rated/Silent Horror
This silent film will be accompanied live by renowned theatrical organist Dr. Steven Ball on Tampa Theatre’s original 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Follow this link to purchase tickets.