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Tampa Theatre puts Christmas on the marquee

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 02:41 AM

Tampa Theatre is bringing holiday films to the big screen every Sunday in December.

"It's a Wonderful Life," the 1946 Jimmy Stewart classic, will be part of the film fare.

Tickets are $9 at the box office or $11 through www.tampatheatre.org.

Each screening will include a holiday singalong and brief tour of the historic movie palace, which opened in 1926.

Here's the full schedule:

"The Muppet Christmas Carol," a miser finds redemption with the Muppets' help; 3 p.m. Sunday; includes interactive storytime with Mrs. Claus

"White Christmas," Bing Crosby sings the classic song; 3 p.m. Dec. 9

"Miracle on 34th Street," a Macy's Santa declares he's the real deal; 3 p.m. Dec. 16

"It's a Wonderful Life," George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) learns the true meaning of Christmas; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 3 p.m. Dec. 23

Christopher Spata

Elvis' day may come

With lawmakers singing the blues about the looming "fiscal cliff," why not a resolution to show their support for designating Jan. 8 as Elvis Presley Day?

Ten members of Congress have signed onto the resolution to show they have a big hunk o' love for the king of rock 'n' roll.

Presley, born Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Miss., died at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977, at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. He "remains one of the most famous American entertainers of all time whose influence on music and whose cultural impact continues today," according to the resolution.

Demand for Elvis items certainly has not faded.

One of the most requested items from the National Archives is a photograph of Presley shaking hands with President Richard Nixon during a White House visit. And the Elvis stamp has been the most popular postage stamp.

The resolution, which "encourages the people of the United States, federal, state and local governments, and interested groups to observe Elvis Presley Day," was introduced by Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., who lost his re-election bid Nov. 6.

With time running out on the congressional session, it's uncertain whether the measure will come before the House before Congress leaves.

House GOP leaders have scaled back votes on commemorative resolutions, saying they waste floor time needed for more pressing matters.

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