Saturday Oct. 19 SPACE INVADER SATURDAY!
Tickets for “Nightmare on Franklin Street” feature films are $10 for adults and $8 for children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members. Double-feature tickets (one admission for each of these two films) are available for $15 for adults and $13 for children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members at the box office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, or online (service fees apply.)
Balcony-to-Backstage Tour: Ghost Stories – 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Who was Fink Finley? Why does the Lady in White still roam the mezzanine? And what has led to Tampa Theatre being known as one of the most haunted buildings in town? Learn the Theatre’s secrets, stories, art and architecture with a “balcony to backstage” tour that will focus on the historic movie palace’s ghostly guests.
The 90-minute tours will kick off in the lobby and will feature a special demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 to 12. Tampa Theatre members are free. Space is limited, so arrive early!
A meteor crashes in the desert near a small Arizona town, and research scientist John Putnam (Richard Carlson) thinks it’s a spaceship, but no one will believe him except his loyal girlfriend, Ellen (Barbara Rush). Weird evidence begins to back up his theory however, from the strange behavior of some of the locals to the slime trails, the ghostly noises in the phone lines and apparitions of hideous alien eyes swooping down on passing cars. Director Jack Arnold (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) infuses the desert locale with all the unearthly mystery of an alien landscape, helping to make this 3-D classic based on a story by Ray Bradbury one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s. 1953/Rated G/1h 21
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the sole survivor from the original ALIEN, is awakened after 57 years of drifting through space, her stories disbelieved by Company executives who tell her that the alien’s planet is now inhabited and colonized. When contact is suddenly lost with the colonists, Ripley returns to the planet with a squad of marines, an android (Lance Henriksen), and a Company executive (Paul Reiser) with a mission of his own.
Once on the planet, no survivors can be found except for Newt, a little girl who awakens motherly instincts in Ripley just in time for the acid-blooded aliens to attack in what quickly becomes a one-sided battle for sheer survival. Considered by many to be the best of the series, ALIENS is a fast-paced, high-intensity thrill ride that set a new standard for action films and cemented director James Cameron’s status as one of Hollywood’s leading directors. 1986/Rated R/1hr 2h 17m