‘Nightmare’ is Back for a Lucky 13 Nights Of Fright from Oct. 19-31

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2017) – Tampa Theatre is as excited as Norman Bates at check-in time to announce the return of A Nightmare on Franklin Street for a shocking sixth year, Oct. 19-31. Tampa’s most historic – and most haunted – movie palace is pleased to announce an all-new line-up of classic horror films, creepy cult favorites and an expanded selection of “Mummy & Me” family-friendly films; an evening of live storytelling; more ghost tours than ever before; Halloween happy hours on select dates; and a 14-hour marathon of A Nightmare on Elm Street 1-6 on Saturday, Oct. 20!


  • 3:00pm Friday, Oct. 19
  • 11:30am Sunday, Oct. 21
  • 11:30am Monday, Oct. 22
  • 3:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • 3:00pm Thursday, Oct. 25
  • 3:00pm Friday, Oct. 26
  • Late-Night Tour: 10:30pm Friday, Oct. 26
  • 11:30am Sunday, Oct. 28
  • 3:00pm Monday, Oct. 29
  • 3:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 30

Who was the man in seat 308? Where did Robert Lanier tear his final ticket? Why does Fink Finley continue to roam the balcony? And what has led to Tampa Theatre being known as one of the most haunted buildings in town? Learn the Theatre’s secrets and stories with a “balcony to backstage” tour that will focus on the historic movie palace’s ghostly guests.

The 75-minute tour kicks off in the lobby and does include climbing stairs and extended periods of standing. Ghost Tours tend to sell out quickly, so get your tickets in advance!


On select Nightmare nights, the Theatre will open its lobby for PAUSE-O-WEEN happy hours. No ticket is required – just join us under the iconic TAMPA marquee in the heart of downtown for FREE shots, seasonal drink specials at the bar and $2 off our famous popcorn. And if you’re not familiar with the place, our volunteers will be happy to show you around!

On Oct. 19, how better to officially open the 2018 series than with a happy hour hosted by Tampa horror legend Dr. Paul Bearer! His hearse will be parked out front, and Dr. Paul himself will be in the lobby for photos, all leading up to the world premiere FREE screening of his 2018 Halloween special at 6:30pm.

Then, on Oct. 31, are you “that neighbor” who turns off the porch light and leaves a bowl of candy on the stoop, hoping that nobody rings the doorbell? Skip the pillow-case conga of candy-grabbing kids and spend a special Halloween edition of PAUSE-O-WEEN at Tampa’s most haunted movie palace. Besides the drink specials and free shots, there will be – for every drink you buy* – another ticket to enter into drawings for ghoulishly great prizes. *No purchase necessary… the first ticket is on us! Must be present to win.

  • 4:30-6:30pm Friday, Oct. 19 with special guest Dr. Paul Bearer!                     
  • 4:30-6:30pm Wednesday, Oct. 24                   
  • 4:30-6:30pm Thursday, Oct. 25                        
  • 4:30-6:30pm Friday, Oct. 26                            
  • 6:00-9:00pm Wednesday, Oct. 31                   


Friday, Oct. 19

  • 6:30pm – Hi Noon, Goodbye Dr. Paul                                     2018 / NR / 12m / Comedy

This world premiere of Dr. Paul Bearer’s 2018 Halloween special is FREE and open to the public, and will feature several members of the cast and crew for a pre-show PAUSE-O-WEEN happy hour and post-screening audience Q&A.

  • 9:30pm – The Rocky Horror Picture Show                                1975 / R / 1h 40min / Musical

Features a live shadow cast and full audience partici… (Say it! Say it!) …pation; guests are encouraged to bring their own toilet paper, cards, newspapers, toast and other props – but please, no hot dogs, rice or water guns.

Saturday, Oct. 20: ALL-DAY NIGHTMARE

  • 10:00am – A Nightmare On Elm Street                                                1984 / R / 1h 31m / Horror
  • 12:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge               1985 / R / 1h 27m / Horror
  • 3:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors                     1987 / R / 1h 36m / Horror
  • 5:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master                1988 / R / 1h 33m / Horror
  • 8:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child                  1989 / R / 1h 29m / Horror
  • 10:30pm – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare                                  1991 / R / 1h 29m / HorrorIn a true test of Freddy fandom, an All-Day Nightmare Pass (admission to all six films) is available for $40 GA / $35 for Theatre Members. Tickets for individual films are $10 GA / $7 for Members.

Sunday, Oct. 21: BOO-TIFUL BRIDES

  • 2:00pm – “Mummy & Me” Screening: Corpse Bride                2005 / PG / 1h 17m / Animation
  • 4:30pm – Bride Of Frankenstein                                               1935 / NR / 1h 15min / Horror
  • 7:00pm – The Brides Of Dracula                                               1960 / NR / 1h 25min / Horror
  • 9:45pm – The Brides Wore Blood                                             1972 / R / 1h 24m / Horror                    
    Shot in Jacksonville and St. Augustine!

Monday, Oct. 22: HOTEL HORRORS

  • 3:00pm – “Mummy & Me” Screening: Hotel Transylvania        2012 / PG / 1h 31m / Animation
  •  6:00pm – Psycho                                                                      1960 / R / 1h 49min / Thriller
  • 9:00pm – Eaten Alive                                                               1976 / R / 1h 31min / Horror

Tuesday, Oct. 23         

  • 6:00pm – A Quiet Place                                               2018 / PG-13 / 1h 30min / Sci-Fi, Horror
  • 8:30pm – Hereditary                                                    2018 / R / 2h 7m / Horror

Wednesday, Oct. 24: FULL-MOON FREAK-OUT

  • 7:30pm – Teen Wolf                                                     1985 / PG / 1h 31m / Comedy
  • 9:30pm – An American Werewolf In London               1981 / R / 1h 37m / Horror

Thursday, Oct. 25

  • 7:30pm – The Slumber Party Massacre            1982 / R / 1h 17m / Horror
    After the screening, Slumber Party stars Debra De Lisa (Kim) and Joe Johnson (Neil) will join us LIVE on the Tampa Theatre stage for a post-show audience Q&A, plus selfies and autographs.

Friday, Oct. 26  

  • 7:30pm – The Cat And The Canary                             1927 / NR / 1h 48m / Mystery
    Tampa Theatre welcomes back renowned organist Dr. Steven Ball for this sinister 1927 silent film with LIVE accompaniment on the movie palace’s original Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

Saturday, Oct. 27
We take a break from the Nightmare for an evening of live comedy with Adam Devine!

Sunday, Oct. 28          

  • 2:00pm – “Mummy & Me” Screening: Hocus Pocus                1993 / PG / 1h 36m / Family
  • 5:30pm – Phantasm                                                                 1979 / R / 1h 28m / Horror
  • 8:00pm – Bubba Ho-Tep                                                          2002 / R / 1h 32m / Comedy, Horror

 Monday, Oct. 29

  •  7:00pm – Spirits of the Bay: An Evening of LIVE Storytelling with Deborah Frethem
  • Local author and storyteller Deborah Frethem takes to the Theatre’s stage for an intimate evening of local ghost stories. After the show, she’ll sign copies of her books in the lobby.
  • 9:45pm – Beetlejuice                                                   1988 / PG / 1h 32m / Comedy

Tuesday, Oct. 30

  • 6:00pm – IT                                                                   2017 / R / 2h 15m / Horror
  • 9:30pm – THE SHINING                                                 1980 / R / 2h 26m / Horror

Wednesday, Oct. 31

  • 9:30pm – HALLOWEEN (40th anniversary)                     1978 / R / 1h 31m / Thriller


  • Rocky Horror Picture Show: $15 general admission / $12 Theatre Members
  • Ghosts of Tampa Theatre Tours: $12 adults / $10 ages 2-12 / FREE for Theatre Members
  • Silent film The Cat and the Canary: $13 general admission / $10 Theatre Members
  • “Mummy & Me” family films: $10 adults / $7 Theatre Members / FREE for ages 12 & younger
  • All regular screenings: $10 general admission / $7 Theatre Members
  • Spirits of the Bay live storytelling: $10 general admission / FREE for Theatre Members

 Tickets for all of the “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” events are available at the historic Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in the heart of downtown, or online at www.TampaTheatre.org/Nightmare (service fees apply).

MEDIA CONTACT: James DeFord at james@tampatheatre.org or (813) 274-5508

 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, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and Publix Super Markets Charities. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.