TAMPA THEATRE ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR POPULAR SUMMER CLASSICS SERIES

Tampas Favorite Movie Palace Celebrates Seven Decades of Film,
Featuring Some of the Most Acclaimed Movies of All Time

TAMPA, Fla. (April 30, 2014) – Tampa movie-goers know that when it comes to classic films, there is no better experience than seeing them at the city’s only majestic movie palace. For more than 20 years, the community has flocked to Tampa Theatre on hot Sunday afternoons to enjoy Summer Classics as they were originally meant to be seen: on the big screen, with a bag of popcorn and a cold soda in hand.

This year’s lineup is sure to be the best yet, featuring classics that span seven decades and – for the second consecutive year – letting Tampa Theatre’s fans choose one of the films. 692 titles were nominated, and the top three were put to a vote via Facebook poll. The winner, which will be shown Sunday, June 29, will have you dusting off your fedora and bullwhip…

The 2014 Tampa Theatre Summer Classics lineup includes:

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
3 p.m. Sunday, June 1

The year is 1999, and a four-million-year-old black monolith is discovered on the surface of the moon. The government, hiding the situation from the public, sends a team of scientists (Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, and William Sylvester) to discover what alien life forms could be watching Earth. The race is now on between computer and human to reach the monolith and discover the next stage in evolution.  2h 40m / Rated G / Sci-Fi

Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. The session is free and open to the public.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
3 p.m. Sunday, June 8

In this classic coming of age story, a young girl nicknamed Scout (Mary Badham) follows the trials and tribulations of her father, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), a white attorney who decides to defend a black man charged with raping a poor white woman. But when the prejudiced townspeople would rather lynch than try the accused, they make life a living hell for the lawyer and his family.  2h 9m / Not Rated / Drama

Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. The session is free and open to the public.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977)
3 p.m.  Sunday, June 15

While 19-year-old Tony Manero (John Travolta) lives for Saturday nights as the “king of the dance floor” at the local disco club, things aren’t going as hot at home, where he is constantly fighting with his father and competing against his brother the priest. But everything changes the moment he meets Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) in the disco one night and starts training with her for the club’s dance competition. Stephanie’s dreams of the world outside of Brooklyn and her plans to one day relocate to the big city change Tony’s life forever. 1h 58m / Rated R / Drama

This screening is sponsored by Arthur Murray Tampa Dance Centers, who will be doing a dance demonstration on stage before the film.

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. The session is free and open to the public.

SING-ALONG MARY POPPINS (1964)
3 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22

The practically perfect nanny Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) brings a breath of fresh air into the stuffy Banks household when she is blown in from the east one afternoon. Initially coming to nanny for a cold banker’s children, she ends up teaching them all a life lesson or two with help from her chimney sweep friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke). 2h 19m / Rated G / Musical

Guests are invited to come dressed as their favorite MARY POPPINS character or in a film-inspired outfit and participate in a costume parade on-stage immediately before this special sing-along version of the film. Song lyrics will appear on the screen, and audience participation is encouraged!

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
3 p.m. Sunday, June 29

For the second consecutive year, Tampa Theatre allowed our friends and fans to pick the next film. 692 titles were nominated, and the top three were put to a vote via Facebook poll. The winner is…

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), a famous adventurer, is hired by government agents to locate the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do. While the Nazis are being helped by Indiana’s nemesis Rene Belloq (Paul Freeman), he enlists the help of his old flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) and an Egyptian excavator in the race to locate the lost ark. 1h 55m/ Rated PG / Action-Adventure

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) 55th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Sunday, July 6

When Manhattan advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and is mistaken for a spy, he will never see the world the same way again. The helpless businessman is set up as a killer and on the run from the authorities, and his attempts to straighten things out only make matters worse, even with the help of his new-found love interest Eve Kendall (Eve Marie Saint). 2h 16m / Not Rated / Thriller

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after NORTH BY NORTHWEST. The session is free and open to the public.

THE GAY DIVORCEE (1934) 80th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Sunday, July 13

Mimi Glossop (Ginger Rogers) arrives in England to divorce her geologist husband, Cyril (William Austin), by staging an adulterous relationship. But when her lawyer forgets to arrange for private detectives to “catch” the couple, Mimi gets mixed up in more than she bargained for with the wrong co-respondent (Fred Astaire).
1h 47m / Not Rated / Musical

This screening is sponsored by Arthur Murray Tampa Dance Centers, who will be doing a dance demonstration on stage before the film.

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after THE GAY DIVORCEE. The session is free and open to the public.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
3 p.m. Sunday, July 20

While working for British Intelligence in Cairo, controversial officer and hero T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) meets Sherif Ali Ben El Kharish (Omar Sharif), whose respect he soon earns and is appointed to join his staff. The young officer quickly takes charge, organizes a guerrilla army and leads the Arabs in desert raids for more than two years, taking “No prisoners.”  3h 36m / Rated PG / Action-Adventure

BLAZING SADDLES (1974) 40th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Sunday, July 27

When the sheriff of a small town is killed, convict Bart (Cleavon Little) is appointed the first black sheriff of an all-white town, Rock Ridge, by the evil Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman), who hopes this will leave the townspeople running from their homes. When the naive Sheriff Bart is greeted with hate by the townspeople, he realizes that he was never meant to succeed at all. Enlisting the help of the town drunk (Gene Wilder), Bart embarks on a plan to save the town of Rock Ridge. 1h 33m / Rated R / Western Comedy

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after BLAZING SADDLES. The session is free and open to the public.

DIRTY DANCING (1987)
3 p.m. Sunday, August 3

Young, innocent Baby (Jennifer Grey) is vacationing with her parents in the Catskill Mountains, where she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the hotel dance instructor. Captivated by him as well as his dance style, she soon becomes Johnny’s novice – both in dance and in love. 1h 40m / Rated PG-13 / Drama

This screening is sponsored by Arthur Murray Tampa Dance Centers, who will be doing a dance demonstration on stage before the film.

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after DIRTY DANCING. The session is free and open to the public.

CITIZEN KANE (1941)
3 p.m. Sunday, August 10

It’s 1934: millionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) has just passed away and a group of reporters are trying to decipher his last word ever spoken. In a series of flashbacks, the rise and fall of Kane is revealed, along with how his wealth and power ultimately isolated him in his castle-like refuge.
1h 59m / Not Rated / Drama

Local film expert Bob Ross will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after CITIZEN KANE. The session is free and open to the public.

CASABLANCA (1942)
3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 16-17

Nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Torn between “love and virtue” and with the Germans on his tail, Rick must choose between his feelings for Ilsa and helping Laszlo escape the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis. 1h 42m / Rated PG / Drama

Local film expert Bob Ross will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after Sunday’s screening of CASABLANCA. The session is free and open to the public.

THE BLACK PIRATE (1926)
3 p.m. Sunday, August 24

When a pirate ship is looted by a rival crew, a survivor known as The Black Pirate (Douglas Fairbanks) washes ashore and takes over the crew that ultimately kills his father. Trouble stirs when a princess (Billie Dove) is discovered on board, there is a fierce fight to save her life and protect her virtue. 1h 28m / Not Rated / Silent Drama

This film will be accompanied live by renowned theatrical organist Dr. Steven Ball on Tampa Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

Tickets for the Summer Classics movie series are $10 for adults and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members. Tickets for the silent film THE BLACK PIRATE with live accompaniment and Sing-Along Mary Poppins are $12 for adults and $10 for children, seniors, military and members, at the box office or online at www.TampaTheatre.org ($2 convenience fee applies).

Media sponsorship for the series is provided by Creative Loafing and WEDU PBS.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Revelle Witecki at jill@tampatheatre.org or (813) 274-8287

The historic Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of Americas best-preserved movie palaces. The majestic building is owned by the City of Tampa and operated by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation, whose mission is to preserve, protect and program Tampa Theatre as a dynamic film and cultural center for our community. Programming is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Tampa; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; and the Theatres generous donors, corporate sponsors and members. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.