Julian B Lane Riverfront Park

Tampa Theatre’s Traveling Picture Show presents New Outdoor Film Series, parkCINEMA

FREE SCREENINGS sponsored by the F.E. Lykes Foundation

TAMPA, Fla. (January 7, 2019) – The historic Tampa Theatre, in partnership with the F. E. Lykes Foundation, is proud to announce a new outdoor cinema series coming to a park near you this spring. The family-friendly series called parkCINEMA follows on the success of two F.E. Lykes Foundation-sponsored screenings in Curtis Hixon Park over the holidays and represents the return of a year-round presence for Tampa Theatre’s popular Traveling Picture Show initiatives.

“Eleven years ago we pioneered free, large-scale outdoor film events in Tampa parks with Sunset Cinema,” says Tampa Theatre President & CEO John Bell. “Tampa Theatre’s traveling picture show program has long been the perfect way to bring our community together for an evening under the stars, and the generous support of the F. E. Lykes Foundation now makes it possible for us to present outdoor cinema more regularly and expand to even more locations throughout the year.”

The F. E. Lykes Foundation was established in 1974 as an independent family foundation focused on charitable giving, primarily in the Tampa Bay area. The current focus of the Foundation is to enhance public spaces and community environments, providing more seating, shade trees, landscaping, recreational and entertainment options in several city parks. Additional areas of support have included public art projects, neighborhood improvements, and City of Tampa Parks and Recreation programs.

“The goal of the F. E. Lykes Foundation is to entice people to get outside and enjoy time with friends and family,” says Norma Gene Lykes, president of the Foundation. “I have been going to the Tampa Theatre since I was 5 years old. Sharing movies provides enjoyment of our City and of Tampa’s parks, supports our historic Tampa Theatre, and appeals to multiple generations. We hope these evenings will remain in your memories.”

The spring 2019 parkCINEMA lineup includes:

  • Black Panther (2018) – 7:00pm Saturday, Feb. 2 at River Tower Park, 401 E. Bird Street  
  • Coco (2017) – 7:00pm Saturday, Feb. 16 at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Avenue
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) – 8:00pm Saturday, March 16 at River Tower Park, 401 E. Bird Street
  • The Little Mermaid (1989) – 8:00pm Friday, March 29 at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 N. Boulevard
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – 8:00pm Saturday, April 13 at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Avenue

parkCINEMA screenings are FREE and open to the public. Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are welcomed.

Additional support for parkCINEMA is provided by the City of Tampa and the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department.



MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Witecki at jill@tampatheatre.org or (813) 274-8287

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.