“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Franklin Street Block Party

On Thursday, June 14, Tampa Theatre will be one of only a handful of theatres in the country to open the new documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? And in the spirit of Mr. Rogers’ enduring message, the historic movie palace and the Tampa Downtown Partnership will host a Franklin Street Block Party from 5:00 to 7:00pm before the 7:30pm premiere screening of the film.

Restaurants along the surrounding blocks of Franklin Street, including Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria, Jerk Hut, 1895 Kitchen – Bar – Market, Lector Social Club, Indigo Coffee House + Social Bar, SoFresh, and Vale Food Co., will be sampling house favorites out on the sidewalks in front of each location. Under the Theatre’s historic marquee at 711 N. Franklin Street, guests will experience a pop-up art exhibit courtesy of Illsol Space; live chalk art with Holland King, courtesy of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts; artLAB artists live-painting Mr. Rogers-themed canvases, courtesy of the Thornhill Foundation; and the opportunity to meet representatives from community organizations including the Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay, the Henry B. Plant Museum, Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre, the Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, the Tampa Police Department, Tampa Fire Rescue, WEDU-PBS, and more.

Inside, Tampa Theatre will be collecting new and gently used sweaters and sneakers for adults and children to benefit our neighbors in need at The Spring of Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries. The Sweater & Sneaker Drive will continue throughout the film’s multi-week run, because as Mr. Rogers said, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”

The Franklin Street Block Party activities are FREE for all ages. Tickets for the 7:30pm film are $11 ($8 for Theatre Members), available at the Box Office or through the link below: