Did you catch the Academy Awards on February 9? Well, you missed a few historic moments. Director Bong Joon-Ho and his Parasite crew took home Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Film, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Director, and Best Picture. It’s the first foreign language film to ever win Best Picture. Parasite’s wins also marks the first Oscar wins ever for South Korea.
6-day screening of Parasite black-and-white cut
In celebration of this staggering achievement, the wildly popular and heralded film will return to theaters in a special black-and-white cut. The Tampa Theatre announced that it would get the cut for 6 days beginning on Friday, February 14.
New Microcinema being developed
There’s more happening at Tampa Theatre this year. The Limelight Speaker Series will bring distinguished guests, including one of my favorite actors of all time Geena Davis, to the Franklin Street gem.
Tampa Theatre will also open an exquisite micro cinema, T2. Local architectural firm Kreher/Barna has already begun the early design phase, working closely with Boston Light & Sound – the industry-leading company also responsible for A/V at the Sundance Film Festival and Martin Scorsese’s private screening room – to create a superior viewing experience from the ground up.
T2 to open in early 2021
Construction is expected to begin as early as spring 2020, and the new space – nicknamed “T2”– will open by early 2021.
Tampa Theatre estimates it will cost around $1.3 million to complete. The project will be funded in part by a $650,000 grant through the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners’ Capital Asset Preservation (CAP) program and other private donations.
Tampa Sandwich Bar opens in South Korea
PS in case you forgot, Tampa does have a connection to South Korea. There’s a Tampa-themed restaurant in Seoul that is making us eager to make a trip abroad.