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Beloved Summer Series Celebrates Nine Decades of Filmmaking with
Silent Shorts, Modern Classics, a Sing-Along, and Post-Show Film Talks

TAMPA, Fla. (May 1, 2019) – Tampa film fans know that when it comes to beloved classics, there is no more authentic experience than seeing them in the city’s majestic movie palace. For more than a quarter of a century, the community has flocked to Tampa Theatre on hot Sunday afternoons to enjoy Summer Classics as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, surrounded by friends, with a bag of fresh popcorn and a cold drink in hand.

This year, Tampa’s longest-running classic movie series celebrates nine decades of extraordinary filmmaking: The oldest offering, a collection of silent comedy shorts from the 19-teens and 20s, takes Tampa Theatre back to its roots of presenting silent films with live musical accompaniment on its original Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. The newest film, The Shawshank Redemption, has become a “modern classic” that routinely shows up top 10 lists of the best films ever made. Thanks to more than 1,500 people who nominated titles and voted on the finalists, the nostalgic musical romp Grease returns to the lineup in its sing-along form for the “Fans Pick the Classic” spot on July 7. AND, just because it’s such a great summer movie, we ALSO included the runner-up “Fans Pick,” Jaws, on June 16.

Audiences are also invited stick around after select shows for Film Talks with some of the community’s most knowledgeable film experts, including retired USF film professor Harriet Deer and retired Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall, who will examine the films’ themes, structure and cultural significance, and answer questions from the audience. (Film Talks are included with movie admission.)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
2h 9m / Not Rated / Drama
3:00pm Sunday, June 2

 Some Like It Hot (1959)
2h 1m / Not Rated / Comedy
3:00pm Sunday, June 9

Jaws (1975)
2h 4m / PG / Thriller                                         
3:00pm Sunday, June 16

Cool Hand Luke (1967)
2h 6m / PG / Drama
3:00pm Sunday, June 23

Dial M for Murder (1954)
1h 45m / PG / Thriller
3:00pm Sunday, June 30

Sing-Along Grease (1978)                        
1h 50m / PG-13 / Musical
3:00pm Sunday, July 7

All That Jazz (1979)                        
2h 3m / R / Drama       
3:00pm Sunday, July 14

Jurassic Park (1993)
2h 7m / PG-13 / Adventure
3:00pm Sunday, July 21

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
1h 42m / PG / Fantasy
3:00pm Sunday, July 28

The Philadelphia Story (1940)
1h 52m / Not Rated / Comedy
3:00pm Sunday, August 4

9 to 5 (1980)
1h 49m / PG / Comedy
3:00pm Sunday, August 11

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2h 22m / R / Drama
3:00pm Sunday, August 18

The Silent Clowns: Comedy Shorts
1h 42m / Not Rated / Comedy
3:00pm Sunday, August 25

Tampa Theatre remains one of the only movie palaces in the world that can revive its original programming and present a silent film with live musical accompaniment on the theatre’s original 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Nationally renowned theatre organist Dr. Steven Ball will be traveling down from St. Louis once again for this very special LIVE presentation of a collection of four short comedies featuring some of the silent film era’s most revered wits, including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Laurel & Hardy.

Casablanca (1942)
2h / PG / Drama
TWO SHOWS! 3:00pm Saturday-Sunday, August 31 & Sept. 1

TICKETS are $10 ($7 for Tampa Theatre Members) for all of the regular films and $13 ($10 for Members) for the Sing-Along and Silent Sundays. The will be available by noon Friday, May 3 at the historic Franklin Street Box Office and online at ($2 convenience fee applies).

The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Additional support is provided by J.J. Taylor Distributing, Florida, Inc., New Belgium Brewing, and WEDU-PBS.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Witecki at or (813) 857-9089.

Built in 1926, Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved movie palaces. The majestic building is owned by the City of Tampa and operated as a dynamic film and cultural center by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation. Programming is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.

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