Anyone who grew up in the '80s is probably going to recognize some of the films coming to the Tampa Theatre this spring as favorites from their own childhood. Now a new generation of kids will have a chance to see them on the big screen.
The theater's Family Favorites Classic Movie Series begins March 9, and includes four films released in the 1980s: “The Karate Kid,” “Short Circuit,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “The Muppets Take Manhattan.”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, released in 1990, and “The Wizard of Oz,” which celebrated its 75th anniversary in January, will round out the lineup.
One of the seven family-friendly films will screen at 3 p.m. every Sunday through April 27. Tickets are $8 for children 12 and younger, and $10 for adults.
Here's the full schedule:
“The Muppets Take Manhattan” (1984), March 9 - After the Muppets fail to find support for their Broadway musical, the gang goes its separate ways, leaving Kermit The Frog – his dream still alive – to find an enthusiastic producer in New York.
“Short Circuit” (1986), March 16 - When armed Department of Defense robot Number 5 gets struck by lightning, he “malfunctions” and develops a human-like consciousness. Number 5 escapes, and is taken in by a young woman named Stephanie (Ally Sheedy), who begins teaching him about popular culture and human nature.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (1990), March 23 - Through contact with a mysterious “ooze,” four tiny turtles in the sewers of New York mutate into walking, talking, pizza-loving Ninja fighters, who train under a wise rat named Splinter. But when he is kidnapped by his arch-enemy, Shredder, the Turtles must save their mentor.
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” (1988), April 6 - Someone is out to steal the valuable Toon Town property from its animated residents, and their biggest star, Roger Rabbit, has been framed for murder. It's up to 'toon-hating gumshoe Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear Roger's name and keep an eye on Jessica, Roger's voluptuous 'toon wife.
“October Sky” (1999), April 13 - Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern star in this true story of Homer Hickam, the son of a small-town coal miner who was inspired by the first Sputnik to take an interest in space. Against his father's wishes and mocked by his neighbors, Homer and his friends try to launch a rocket of their own.
“The Karate Kid” (1984), April 20 - When the new kid in town, Daniel (Ralph Macchio), takes an interest in Ali (Elizabeth Shue), her ex-boyfriend and his friends start harassing Daniel. Mr. Miyagi comes to his rescue and begins the boy's training in karate, teaching him there is more to martial arts than fighting.
“The Wizard of Oz” (1939), April 27 - The cinematic classic celebrates its 75th year with the story of Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) who's swept away with her dog, Toto, to a magical land called Oz. She embarks on a journey down the yellow brick road, meeting along the way a kindly Scarecrow, an emotional Tin Man and a cowardly Lion.