A Nightmare on Franklin Street

Back by popular demand, Tampa’s most historic – and most haunted – movie palace will present “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” series this October. Now in its freakish fifth year, the series will expand to include ghost tours and special screenings throughout the month, plus 12 nights of back-to-back classic horror films, creepy cult favorites, family-friendly frights, paranormal experiences and spooky special guests, Oct. 20-31.

“A Nightmare on Franklin Street” is sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. Additional support is provided by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Promotional support is provided by UNATION.com

Fri, Oct 20 - 7:30pm

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Ghosts of Tampa Theatre Tour

Ghosts of Tampa Theatre Tour

  Who was Fink Finley? Where does The Trickster pull his pranks? Why does the Lady in White still roam the mezzanine? And what has led to Tampa Theatre being known as one of the ...

Fri, Oct 20 - 10:30pm

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

1h 40m / R / Musical

Does The Rocky Horror Picture Show need any introduction? It’s a cultural artifact with unlimited lifespan — it creates new audiences for itself each screening, and will most likely continue to be shown in theatres ...

Sat, Oct 21 - 2:00pm

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Ghosts Behind The Screen

Ghosts Behind The Screen

1h 12m / Not Rated / Documentary

In the excitement of the roaring 20s, a new kind of movie palace was constructed by the Bay. More than 90 years later, Tampa Theatre has become known as one of the most haunted buildings ...

Sat, Oct 21 - 4:30pm

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Scream

Scream

1h 51 / R / Horror

Great ideas are only obvious in hindsight. Of course somebody should have made a movie like Scream, we all say, seated comfortably in 2017 when the whole idea of a horror movie about horror movies ...

Sat, Oct 21 - 7:30pm

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Demons

Demons

1h 28m / Not Rated / Horror

Dario Argento, producer of Demons, is primarily known for his work as a director of some of the best giallo films of all time. Lamberto Bava, director of Demons, is the son of the man ...

Sat, Oct 21 - 10:00pm

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Late-Night, Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation

Late-Night, Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT In 1965, projectionist Foster “Fink” Finley died after 35 years of service to his beloved Tampa Theatre. Strange occurrences have been reported in and around the projection booth ever since ...

Sun, Oct 22 - 1:30pm

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The Fly

The Fly

1h 34m / Not Rated / Sci-Fi

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the event horizon of genre earnestness creeps ever closer; sincere movies even 10 or 15 years old seem goofy and campy now. But some reviewers of The Fly ...

Sun, Oct 22 - 4:00pm

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The Tingler

The Tingler

1h 22m / Not Rated / Horror

This will be almost impossible to imagine, but give it a shot: once upon a time, the movie industry was struggling. New films coming out were unoriginal and uninteresting, and audiences were starting to disappear. ...

Sun, Oct 22 - 6:30pm

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The Thing

The Thing

1h 49m / R / Horror

When John Carpenter’s The Thing came out in 1982, reviewers seemed unable to look past the gruesome, repulsive visual effects of the movie to the heart of the movie itself. Yes, the effects are incredible ...

Sun, Oct 22 - 9:30pm

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The Host

The Host

2h / R / Horror

It’s frankly unfair that Korean horror doesn’t get much attention in the West. Italian gore and giallo is beloved; twisted psychological thrillers from France, Sweden and eastern Europe have a lot of cinephile fans, and ...

Mon, Oct 23 - 7:00pm

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Get Out

Get Out

1h 44m / R / Horror

There is a particular needle that must be threaded here. Of course you need to know enough about Get Out, the best horror movie that came out this year, to want to see it. At ...

Mon, Oct 23 - 9:45pm

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The Strangers

The Strangers

1h 26m / R / Horror

Tampa Theatre likes to present all sorts of movies in our Nightmare on Franklin Street series. We’re showing films that are classic, films that are funny, films that are brilliant, films that are gross, films ...

Tue, Oct 24 - 7:00pm

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

1h 41m / Not Rated / Horror

Creative people have been doing some really amazing things in the medium of vampires in recent years. Movies like Let the Right One In, Only Lovers Left Alive and 30 Days of Night take a ...

Tue, Oct 24 - 9:45pm

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Interview With A Vampire

Interview With A Vampire

2h 3m / R / Horror

Pretty much since their invention, vampire stories gave people a way to talk about the bestial destructiveness of lust without having to talk impolitely about the actual mechanics of sexuality. Vampires are seductive, immensely powerful, ...

Wed, Oct 25 - 7:00pm

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

1h 55m / PG / Horror

Pauline Kael called Invasion of the Body Snatchers “a new classic… the best movie of its kind ever made.” But when she said “its kind,” she wasn’t talking about alien thrillers or horror movies. She ...

Wed, Oct 25 - 9:45pm

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The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead

1h 25m / NC-17 / Horror

Such horrible things happen to young people in cabins in the woods. Stay in the cities, kids – your biggest risk there is Godzilla. The plot of The Evil Dead can be summed up thusly: ...

Thu, Oct 26 - 7:00pm

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As Night Falls

As Night Falls

1h 18m / R / Horror

Written and directed by local movie-maker Joe Davison, As Night Falls is a gory, terrifying nightmare. Sisters Holly (Lily Cardone) and Elizabeth (Deneen Melody) are living in a charnel house. Fifty years ago a young ...

Thu, Oct 26 - 10:00pm

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Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead

1h 41m / R / Thriller

George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead is based on a directly stated premise: what if the dead didn’t stay dead? Simple, novel, effective. His not-exactly-a-sequel follow-up movie, Dawn of the Dead tried to ...

Fri, Oct 27 - 7:30pm

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The Babadook

The Babadook

1h 33m / Not Rated / Horror

Parenthood is scary. The “creepy kid” sub-genre is well-trodden ground at this point; from Damien to the Good Son, the intellectual frisson of horror and violence in the innocent form of a child is kind ...

Fri, Oct 27 - 10:30pm

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The Shining

The Shining

2h 26m / R / Horror

A few years ago, a documentary was released called Room 237, about a group of obsessive people who believe that Stanley Kubrick was trying to send the world some message through The Shining. That message ...

Sat, Oct 28 - 2:00pm

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Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie

1h 27m / PG / Family

Looking for some Halloween fun with the kids? Frankenweenie is the stop-motion story of young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, and his beloved dog, Sparky. When Sparky is unfortunately hit by a car and killed, Frankenstein does ...

Sat, Oct 28 - 4:30pm

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

1h 10m / Not Rated / Sci Fi

You know, all this trouble about “it’s not the name of the monster, it’s the name of the doctor” could have been avoided if Mary Shelley had named her novel after the real hero of ...

Sat, Oct 28 - 7:30pm

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Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

1h 46m / PG / Comedy

Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’s hilarious and affectionate send-up of the classic black-and-white monster movies of the 1930s, came out the same year as Blazing Saddles, his also-hilarious and just-as-affectionate satire of classic movie Westerns. In ...

Sat, Oct 28 - 10:30pm

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Frankenhooker

Frankenhooker

1h 25m / R / Comedy, Horror

With a name like that, how could we resist? Frankenhooker is pretty much exactly what it sounds like like, oddly enough: a young man with an interest in the darker corners of science brings his ...

Sun, Oct 29 - 2:00pm

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Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

1h 36m / PG / Family

Hocus Pocus had a decent enough first release, but really found new life on television and home video in the years after its initial run in theaters. There’s always room for a fun-loving, friendly Halloween ...

Sun, Oct 29 - 5:30pm

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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

1h 5m / Not Rated / Sci-Fi

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman was one of a spate of science fiction movies of the ‘50s based on the premise of people getting either much bigger or much smaller than people typically are. ...

Sun, Oct 29 - 7:30pm

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Spirits of the Bay: An Evening of Live Storytelling with Deborah Frethem

Spirits of the Bay

An Evening of Live Storytelling with Deborah Frethem Tampa’s grande dame of ghosts, local author and storyteller Deborah Frethem, takes to the Theatre’s historic stage for an intimate evening of ghost stories and supernatural tales ...

Mon, Oct 30 - 7:00pm

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Cat People

Cat People

1h 13m / Not Rated / Suspense

Tampa Theatre is presenting a lot of monster movies this year in our October series. And there are many different ways of being a monster. It’s not all vampires and body-snatchers and Frankenhookers; sometimes a ...

Mon, Oct 30 - 9:45pm

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From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn

1h 48m / R / Horror

Before Grindhouse — the Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino double-feature of exploitation B-movies Planet Terror and Death Proof — there was From Dusk Till Dawn, written by Quentin Tarantino, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and decidedly ...

Tue, Oct 31 - 12:00pm

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

1h 25m / G / Animated

Director and screenwriter Nick Park has been making stop-motion animation featuring the pair of modest tinkerer and cheese enthusiast Wallace and his witty, brave little beagle Gromit since 1990, but Wallace & Gromit: The Curse ...

Tue, Oct 31 - 5:00pm

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Halloween Happy Hour

Halloween Happy Hour

Are you “that neighbor” who turns off the porch light and leaves a bowl of candy on the stoop, hoping that nobody rings the doorbell? Or maybe you already ate all of the assorted minis ...

Tue, Oct 31 - 7:30pm

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Halloween

Halloween

1h 31m / R / Thriller

The script for the original 1978 Halloween was written in 10 days, which, yeah, actually seems like plenty of time, come to think of it. It’s a pretty terse movie: silent killer menaces teens, travels ...

Tue, Oct 31 - 9:30pm

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Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!

Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!

1h 26m / Not Rated / Horror

Storied film producer and B-movie godfather Roger Corman is famous for coming up with the titles for some of his movies first, and only later building a story around them. There’s no evidence that that’s ...