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 promises to be the best yet, expanding upon the definition of a “classic” to include some more modern titles and – for the first time ever – letting Tampa Theatre’s fans choose one of the films. More than 280 titles were nominated, and the top four were put to a vote via Facebook poll. The winner, which will be shown Sunday, Aug. 4, will make you think twice about heading to the beach this summer…
The 2013 Tampa Theatre Summer Classics movies are:
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) – 75th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Sunday, June 2
Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn), defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. With his band of Merry Men, he robs from the rich, gives to the poor and still has time to woo the lovely Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) and keep the nefarious Prince John (Claude Raines) off the throne. 1h 42m, PG
Alfred Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW (1954)
3 p.m. Sunday, June 9
Confined to a wheelchair while a broken leg heals, professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries (James Stewart) spends his time observing his neighbors out of the rear window of his New York apartment. When he begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife, Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend, Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly), and his visiting nurse, Stella (Thelma Ritter), to investigate.
1h 52m, PG
NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (1983) – 30th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Father’s Day, June 16
Devoted-but-dimwitted dad Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) is determined to make his family vacation to Walley World a memorable one, and he’s planned the cross-country road trip to the last detail. But when bad directions, meddling relatives, greedy mechanics and other unexpected roadblocks threaten the itinerary, this vacation becomes one that the Griswold family – and crabby Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) – will never forget! 1h 38m, R
FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956) with A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902)
3 p.m. Sunday, June 23
When an expedition from Earth arrives on Altair IV, they find that Dr. Edward Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis), are the only survivors from the original mission some 20 years before. Morbius isn’t exactly pleased to see them and does his best to send them on their way. But Commander J.J. Abrams (Leslie Nielsen) and his team soon face a sinister, invisible force that leads them to believe that Morbius and Altaira are in danger.1h 38m, G
The film program will open with the 1902 Georges Méliès short A TRIP TO THE MOON, which tells the story of a group of astronomers whose space capsule is shot from a giant cannon to the moon, where they are captured by moon-men. 14m, Not rated
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the films immediately after FORBIDDEN PLANET. The session is free and open to the public.
James Bond in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963) – 50th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Sunday, June 30
In the second installment of the Bond franchise, the evil crime cartel SPECTRE seeks revenge for the death of its operative Dr. No and sets a trap for special agent James Bond (Sean Connery). The bait is a Soviet encryption device, which the British Secret Service is desperate to find, and Bond willingly falls into an assassination plot involving a Russian beauty (Daniela Bianchi) in order to retrieve it. 1h 55m, PG
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. The session is free and open to the public.
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)
3 p.m. Sunday, July 7
James Cagney won his only OSCAR for this portrayal of real-life composer, playwright, actor, singer and dancer George M. Cohan. The autobiographical musical tells Cohan’s life story from his beginnings in his family’s vaudeville show, through his comeback as an adult and to the point at which he received a Congressional Gold Medal from the president for his special contributions to the U.S. 2h 6m, Not rated
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after YANKEE DOODLE DANDY. The session is free and open to the public.
AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973) – 40th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Sunday, July 14
The summer of ’62 is coming to an end, and best buddies Curt (Richard Dreyfuss) and Steve (Ron Howard) are headed off to a prestigious college. But the night before they’re supposed to leave, Curt wrestles with second thoughts and spends the evening cruising the strip, searching for a mysterious woman in a white T-Bird (Suzanne Somers) while Steve tries to patch things up with his girlfriend (Cindy Williams). 1h 50m, PG
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after AMERICAN GRAFFITI. The session is free and open to the public.
MOULIN ROUGE! (2001)
3 p.m. Sunday, July 21
For the first time, Tampa Theatre’s Summer Classics series is adding a “modern classic” to the lineup with a film that became an instant hit just 12 years ago with a historical story punctuated by popular 20th-century music. The year is 1899, and a young English writer, Christian (Ewan McGregor), has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution that has taken hold of the subculture. But things take a wicked turn for Christian when he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the Moulin Rouge night club, Satine (Nicole Kidman). 2h 7m, PG-13
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after MOULIN ROUGE! The session is free and open to the public.
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964)
3 p.m. Sunday, July 28
This darkly comedic satire stars Sterling Hayden as an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. Then, it’s up to the President of the United States, a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer (both played by Peter Sellers), the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (George C. Scott) and a former Nazi named Dr. Strangelove (Sellers again!) to try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse. 1h 35m, PG
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after DR. STRANGELOVE. The session is free and open to the public.
3 p.m. Sunday, August 4
In another first for the Summer Classics series, Tampa Theatre allowed our friends and fans to pick the next film. More than 280 titles were nominated, and the top four were put to a vote via Facebook poll.
The winner? Daaa dum, daaa dum…
When a gigantic great white shark threatens the the small island community of Amity, Sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), marine scientist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled local shark-hunter and fisherman Quint (Robert Shaw) set out to stop it.But first… they’re going to need a bigger boat. 2h 4m, PG
THE GENERAL (1926) with BANGVILLE POLICE (1913) – 100th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Sunday, August 11
Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL was released in 1926 – the same year Tampa Theatre opened! It tells the story of Johnnie (Keaton), and engineer who loves two things: his train “The General” and Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). As the Civil War begins, Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board, and Johnnie must rescue both his loves. 1h 15m, G
Immediately before THE GENERAL, the silent film program will open with the Keystone Kops short BANGVILLE POLICE, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its release. At a farm near Bangville, the farmer’s young daughter sees strangers in the barn and runs to the house to call the police. But as the Keystone Kops rush across the countryside to get there in time, haphazard hilarity ensues. 8m, Not rated
Both films will be accompanied live by renowned theatrical organist Dr. Steven Ball on Tampa Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
3 p.m. Sunday, August 18
This American epic romance adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), and her marriage to Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, it is a tale of one woman’s fall from luxury to poverty and her journey from innocence to an understanding of life’s harsh realities. 3h 58m, G
3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25
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, PG
Tickets for the Summer Classics movie series are $9 for adults and $7 for Tampa Theatre members; and tickets for the silent film “The General” with live accompaniment 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)
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