Film series celebrating Black Love arriving at Tampa Theatre this February

inside an old theatre with a blue velvet curtain on stage and a pianist at the center

The Tampa Theatre is starting Black History Month with a new film series celebrating black love and joy on the big screen.

The city’s most romantic movie palace is proud to announce a new classic movie series. Black Love, presented by TECO, celebrates some of the greatest cinematic love stories of all time, as told by Black filmmakers and diverse casts. The series was produced in collaboration with the City of Tampa’s Community Engagement & Partnerships Department, and each film will be presented in partnership with community leaders and organizations with deep roots in Tampa’s Black community.

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Here’s the full lineup:

Saturday, February 5 at 3pm

Love & Basketball

Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) are two childhood friends who both aspire to be professional basketball players. Quincy, whose father, Zeke (Dennis Haysbert), plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, is a natural talent and a born leader. Monica is ferociously competitive but sometimes becomes overly emotional on the court. Over the years, the two begin to fall for each other, but their separate paths to basketball stardom threaten to pull them apart.

Sunday, February 6 at 3pm

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Love Jones

Two urban African-Americans, Darius (Larenz Tate), an aspiring writer, and Nina (Nia Long), an aspiring photographer, share an instant connection after a chance meeting at a Chicago club. The two bond over music, photography and poetry, and eventually begin a torrid romance. However, when Nina decides to move to New York and mend her relationship with her ex-fiancé, Marvin (Khalil Kain), it leaves Darius heartbroken, and the couple’s future in jeopardy.

Saturday, February 26 at 3pm

Mahogany

Struggling Chicago fashion design student Tracy (Diana Ross) goes from rags to riches when a chance meeting with hotshot fashion photographer Sean (Anthony Perkins) in the department store where she works leads to a runway life as a model in Rome. Tracy’s overnight success and strong ambitions bringher professional success as a designer, but her diva antics may destroy her relationship with social activist Brian (Billy Dee Williams), as well as her respect in the fashion world.

Sunday, February 27 at 3pm

Waves

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The epic emotional journey of a suburban African American family as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the wake of a tragic loss.

This local icon never stagnates. On any given night you”ll find them screening a classic or cult film, some of the newest indie darlings, or serve as a stage for established authors, comics, and bands. Now, it’s adding an intimate microcinema to its arsenal.

Construction has begun on the space to kick off 2022. 

Here’s the announcement from Tampa Theatre:

“You may have noticed some changes under the marquee! After more than 40 years, our neighbors at The Nature Shop have moved to 2706 N. Florida Avenue. You can still reach them at 813-224-9009 or https://www.natureflorist.com/

Now, the storefront adjacent to the Box Office is sporting a new plywood veneer as our new “microcinema” screening room begins to take shape inside!”

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