Tampa Ghost Stories with Deborah Frethem

Local author and storyteller Deborah Frethem takes to Tampa Theatre’s historic stage for an intimate evening of Bay-area ghost stories and supernatural tales from her new book, Haunted Ybor City.  Following the performance, Frethem will sign copies of all three of her books, including Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg and Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay, with sales benefitting Tampa Theatre’s ongoing restoration efforts.

Tickets for this special “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” live event are $10 for general admission and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members at the box office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, or online at (service fees apply). Tickets Available Soon.


Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation

In 1965, Tampa Theatre’s projectionist Foster “Fink” Finley died after 35 years of service to his beloved movie palace. Ever since, strange occurrences have been reported in and around the projection booth – an unexplained tap on the shoulder, doors opening and closing, shadows passing through the room, and the lingering smell of lilac aftershave… Foster’s favorite.

But Fink isn’t the only spirit suspected of haunting the Theatre’s historic halls. Join Tampa Theatre as they partner with experts from Genesis Paranormal Services, Kissimmee Paranormal Investigations and Fire and ICE Paranormal Investigators of Florida to bring you an evening of lights-off investigation into the building’s five most common supernatural claims.

The four-hour experience includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, expert guides and the use of professional paranormal investigative equipment. It will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience guaranteed to make you see Tampa’s grand movie palace in a different light.

Tickets are $80 for general admission and $75 for Tampa Theatre Membersat the box office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, or online at (service fees apply).  Tickets Available Soon.

Emmylou Harris


Presented by the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are now on sale for AN EVENING WITH EMMYLOU HARRIS, live on the Theatre’s historic stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. Special guests Walter Parks and Lee Hunter will open the show.

A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

She shook up country radio in the 1970s and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation, selling more than 15 million records and garnering 13 Grammy Awards, three CMA Awards and two Americana Awards.

Harris has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and, most recently, Rodney Crowell, with whom she won the Grammy for “Best Americana album.”

A longtime social activist, Harris has lent her voice to many causes. She has performed at Lilith Fair, helping promote feminism in music, and has organized several benefit tours to support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.  Harris is also an avid supporter of animal rights and is actively involved in Bonaparte’s Retreat, the dog rescue organization that she founded.

Tickets will be $93.50 / $73.50 / $53.50 at the Tampa Theatre box office or $101 / $80 / $59 online (service fees included). The show is presented by the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.


This Filthy World: Filthier & Dirtier

The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is proud to announce their 25th Anniversary Special Guest and performer, John Waters, who will perform his acclaimed one-man show, This Filthy World: Filthier & Dirtier. Waters’ performance takes place at 6:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 4th. Doors open at 5:30 pm.  The lifelong provocateur and champion of queer film will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by TIGLFF in honor of 50 years of queer cinema.

During that time Waters, along with a cohort of lovable misfits from his hometown of Baltimore, created one of the most influential and beloved bodies of work in queer American film. His films include Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, and perhaps his most well-known, Hairspray.

The film became a Tony award-winning play and a 2007 remake starring Tampa’s own Brittany Snow as the delightfully mean Amber Von Tussel. Hairspray became Waters’ most critically acclaimed film, garnering 32 film nominations and winning 14 major film awards.

After his performance at Tampa Theatre, Waters will sign copies of his  NY Times bestseller, Carsick, at TIGLFF’s Mondo Trasho party across the street from Tampa Theatre.

DJ “Lounge Laura” Taylor will spin classic tiki, lounge, funk and soul – and there will be food and beer trucks available for refreshments.