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Tampa Theatre sets earlier times, lower prices for family classics

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Published:   |   Updated: March 8, 2013 at 09:57 AM

The Tampa Theatre is hoping to fill its century-old auditorium with a younger generation of film fans by offering some of the most beloved family classics.

Beginning April 7, the theater’s Family Favorites Classic Movie Series will bring a different film to the big screen every Sunday, including “The Princess Bride,” “The NeverEnding Story” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”

The theater is making an effort to attract families with younger children by moving the Sunday show times to an earlier 2 p.m., and, for the first time, offering a discounted $7 ticket price for kids under 12.

Adult tickets are $9.

The theater said it hopes the series will allow parents to introduce their children to the films they loved during their own childhood.

“We asked for a lot of input while developing this series,” says John Bell, Tampa Theatre’s president and CEO. “We polled parents and talked to local family bloggers. It was at their suggestion that we chose these particular films and moved the show time to 2 p.m. Sunday afternoons.”

Here is the full schedule:

“The Princess Bride” (1987), April 7 – A story of "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles” – all of which comes to life for a hard-to-impress grandson (Fred Savage) as his grandfather reads the adventures of Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright), her true love, Westley (Cary Elwes), and the often-quoted Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin). (One hour, 38 minutes, PG)

“Babe” (1995), April 14 – A shy Yorkshire piglet doesn't quite know his place in the world until Farmer Hoggett (Oscar nominee James Cromwell) wins him at the county fair. The little pig is quickly adopted by the resident border collie and discovers that he can be anything he wants to be – even a champion "sheep-pig." “Babe” was nominated for six Academy Awards and won a Best Visual Effects Oscar for its talking animals. (One hour 29 min, G)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971), April 21 – Charlie wins a ticket to visit the inside of a mysterious, magical chocolate factory with his grandfather. On the whirlwind tour of Wonka’s incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and life-sized confections, Gene Wilder gives a brilliant, bordering-on-madness performance as the eccentric Willy Wonka. (One hour, 40 minutes, G)

“Annie” (1982), April 28 – Annie, a plucky, red-haired girl who dreams of life outside her dreary orphanage, is chosen to stay for one week with the famous billionaire "Daddy" Warbucks. One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie's dream of a new family is Miss Hannigan, the gin-soaked ruler of the orphanage (a hilarious Carol Burnett). (Two hours, seven minutes, PG)

The Muppet Movie” (1979), May 5 – Kermit the Frog heads for Hollywood with his friends Fozzie Bear, the Great Gonzo and the dazzling Miss Piggy to break into showbiz. But when Kermit falls into the clutches of fast-food mogul Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), who is seeking to promote his French-fried frog-leg franchise, the Muppet gang may not make it. The film features side-splitting cameos by Steve Martin, Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor. (One hour, 35 minutes, G)

The NeverEnding Story” (1984), May 12 – When young Bastian borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book, he never dreamed that turning a page would draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails, hang-glider bats, soaring luckdragons, a Childlike Empress, the brave warrior Atreyu and a slab-faced walking “Rock Biter,” where he must fight to save the empire of Fantasia from a nemesis called the Nothing. (One hour, 42 minutes, PG)

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), May 19 – When a meek and alienated little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial, he has to find the courage to defy the authorities with his sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and brother Michael to help E.T. find a way back home. (One hour, 55 minutes, PG)

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