Tampa Theater will bring back a series of popular summer classics
Tampa’s historic theater brings back its longest-running series, Summer Classics, celebrating a century of movies, from silent films to sing-alongs to the 1961 Oscar. West Side Story.
Sure, you can find most of these films streaming somewhere, but for 31 years the series has shown an array of classic films on a hot Sunday afternoon, “the way they were meant to be seen,” the magazine said. announcement of the theatre. “On the big screen, with a bag of fresh popcorn and a cold drink in hand, like a shared community experience.”
There will then be discussions about the films and the audience will be invited to ask questions of the film experts brought in to talk about the themes, structure and cultural significance of the films.
It opens on June 5 with the Oscar-winning performance of Rita Moreno in West Side Story and it closes August 28 with its longest running offerings, two silent comedies from the 1920s.
With the comedy short One week (1920) and romantic comedy The cameraman (1928), the cinema opened in 1926 returns to its roots. The theater’s artist-in-residence, Steven Ball, will write and perform an original score for each of the films on the theater’s gigantic pipe organ.
“This is a unique opportunity to see these silent films exactly as audiences saw them in the 1920s,” the theater statement said. “And we promise you, the overall experience is the closest thing to time travel you’ll ever experience.”
Movies are $10 at the box office, $12 online at tampatheâtre.org. Songs and silent movies are $13 at 711 N Franklin St., Tampa.
The program for this summer:
West Side Story: Musical, 1961, PG-13, 3:05 June
Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope: Sci-fi, 1977, PG, 3 p.m. June 12
In the heat of the Night: Crime drama, 1967, PG-13, 3 p.m. June 19
Fail-safe: War thriller, 1964, unrated, 3 p.m. on June 26
Support me: Adventure, 1986, R, 3 p.m. July 3
Pulp Fiction: Crime drama, 1994, R, 3:00 p.m. July 10
The Wizard of Oz: Musical Fantasy, 1939, unrated, 3 p.m. July 17
Rear window: Hitchcock mystery, 1954, PG, 3 p.m. July 24
The Godfather: Crime Drama, 1972, R, 3:31 July
Blazing Saddles: Comedy Western, 1974, R, 3:07 Aug
And all that: Musical drama, 1979, R, 3 p.m. August 14
Casablanca: Drama, 1942, PG, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and 3 p.m. Aug. 21
A Week (1920) and The Cameraman (1928): The silent comedies will be accompanied by a live musical performance at 3 p.m. on August 28.