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'Sharknado' storming into Tampa area theaters


Published:   |   Updated: July 26, 2013 at 06:06 PM

We're gonna need a bigger screen.

The SyFy channel's made-for-TV sensation "Sharknado" is making the jump to Regal movie theaters across the U.S. for one night only Aug. 2, including several in the Tampa Bay area.

The movie, starring Tara Reid ("American Pie") and Ian Ziering ("Beverly Hills 90210") is about a tornado that rains down a deluge of man-eating sharks on Los Angeles. It was dubbed by many on social media as the "best, worst movie ever" after its July 11 premiere.

"It's pure entertainment, which can numb the shanty filmmaking and acting, even though some of it was done on purpose - I hope," said Joe Belcastro, who writes about movies for craveonline.com and has contributed stories to The Tampa Tribune.

"This will probably follow in the same footsteps as things like 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' or what many consider the worst movie ever, 'The Room,' which still receives annual screenings across the country, mainly for the 'it's so craptacular it's good' vibe."

"I would go see it just to bask in audiences' reactions on opening night. And I'll be bringing my flask into the theater."

Local screenings will be at midnight at the Citrus Park Stadium 20 (7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa), Park Place Stadium 16 (7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park) and Hollywood Stadium 20 (1993 Main St., Sarasota).

Tickets, priced at $12.50, are on sale through www.fathomevents.com/#!sharknado.

The screenings will include never-before-seen footage and a behind-the-scenes featurette and gag reel.

A week after the original airing of "Sharknado" spawned more than 600,000 Tweets, Syfy announced it would produce "Sharknado 2." That sequel, in which flying sharks invade New York City, is slated to air on the cable network in 2014.

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