Ring Of Giants (2020)

1h / Not Rated / Documentary


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There was a time when Florida was the epicenter of professional wrestling, Tampa was the hub and giants walked the streets of the Sunshine State.

Before the Bucs, Rays, Rowdies or Lightning brought Tampa crowds to their feet, professional wrestling was the biggest draw in town. Every Tuesday night for decades, the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory celebrated Championship Wrestling from Florida. Larger than life in size and personality – good guys like Eddie Graham and Dusty Rhodes sought to vanquish evil-doers like Boris Malenko and Dory Funk Jr. inside a wrestling ring. There was no air conditioning, even in the heart of Florida’s summer. Thick lingering cigar and cigarette smoke made it difficult to breath. But nothing could keep the fans away. They booed, they cheered, they stood on their feet as their emotions rose and fell with every punch, kick and slam. On Tuesday nights, the Armory was the Madison Square Garden of the South … and over time that fervor spread throughout the state, and on television…turning Florida into the nation’s hotspot for professional wrestling.

“Ring of Giants: Championship Wresting from Florida” a documentary produced by the Emmy Award-winning team at Creative on Main Street, tells the story of wrestling’s founding fathers using rare film footage, photos and first-hand accounts from people who were there. You’ll hear from the wrestlers …their families… the promoters and the fans. They believed in the giant gladiators. It was live theater. Special moments in time … and this documentary will transport you back in time when giants ruled the ring.

After the show, filmmaker Lynn Marvin Dingfelder will lead an audience discussion and Q&A with members of the cast and crew, including wrestling historian Barry Rose, writer Paul Guzzo, editor/director of photography Larry Wiezycki, and retired CWF Wrestlers.

Tickets are $12.50 ($9.50 TT Members) at the historic Franklin Street Box Office and online (service fees apply). A VIP option is also available for $100.00, which includes a pre-film reception from 5:30-6:30pm with light hors d’oeuvres, open bar, photo ops with legendary CWF champions, and the opportunity to meet the filmmakers, plus film attendance and early seating.