Two Outdoor Film Screenings This Holiday Season,
Free to the Public in Curtis Hixon Park

TAMPA, FL (Nov. 5, 2018) – Tampa Theatre is proud to announce that, building on the success of last year’s Holiday Classics film series in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, it will return to the park for two outdoor film screenings this yuletide season, thanks to our new presenting sponsor, the F.E. Lykes Foundation.  Bringing its massive 40-foot screen and high-intensity projector back to the Great Lawn of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa Theatre will present:

  • Home Alone (1990) — 7:30pm Friday, November 16 

This screening will be part of the festivities for the opening night of Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by Tampa Bay Lightning, the annual holiday market and event series by Tampa Downtown Partnership.

  • The Santa Clause (1994) — 7:30pm Friday, November 30

This screening will take place after Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by Friends of Tampa Recreation.

President and CEO of Tampa Theatre, John Bell, is thrilled to be returning to the park. “Last year during our six week closure for restoration work, we were so excited to be able partner with the Tampa Downtown Partnership to present our holiday classics on the big screen as free family movies at Winter Village. Thanks to the generosity of the F. E. Lykes Foundation we look forward to returning to Winter Village and the City of  Tampa’s Tree Lighting this year with two free screenings for the entire family under the stars. The experience of thousands of
people coming together to share a beloved holiday movie outdoors on a giant screen is simply magical.”

Of course, both of these screenings are FREE and open to the public. Lawn seating is first-come, first-served, so please don’t forget to bring blankets or folding lawn chairs.

Tampa Theatre wishes to thank the F. E. Lykes Foundation for their generous sponsorship, making these screenings possible.  Screening films outdoors to the exacting presentational standards of Tampa Theatre is no small endeavor, and doing so for FREE would be entirely impossible without the help of the F. E. Lykes Foundation; its mission to enhance parks and public spaces made the partnership a natural fit, and the Theatre looks forward to a productive relationship for a long time to come.

ABOUT PRESENTING SPONSOR F. E. LYKES FOUNDATION: The F. E. Lykes Foundation (formerly the Frederick E. & Velma 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. Staying true to that mission, the foundation has concentrated on several city parks to provide more seating, shade trees, landscaping and recreational options. Additional areas of support have included public art projects, neighborhood improvements, and City of Tampa Parks & Recreation programs.

MEDIA CONTACT: James DeFord at james@tampatheatre.org or 813.274.5508
Built in 1926, Tampa Theatre hosts more than 600 events each year, including first-run films, classic movies, concerts, corporate events, educational programs, weddings and tours. It 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, Florida Council on
Arts and Culture, and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of
Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.