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Tampa Theatre summer classics include Bond, Hitchcock


Published:   |   Updated: May 15, 2013 at 03:26 PM

The Tampa Theater is expanding its definition of “classic” this summer.

For the first time ever, the theater's annual Summer Classics Series will include a newer film, with the 2001 Nicole Kidman musical “Moulin Rouge!” in the lineup alongside golden-era classic “Casablanca” and the 113-year-old silent short “A Trip to the Moon.”

There's also a Father's Day screening of the '80s comedy “National Lampoon's Vacation,” and the summertime shark thriller “Jaws,” which made the cut through a vote on the theater's Facebook page.

The series will run every Sunday from June 2 to Aug. 25., with all the shows beginning at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $9 for adults and children, or $7 for theater members. Tickets for “The General,” which features live accompaniment on the theater's organ are $10 or $12.

Here's the full lineup:

June 2, “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938) – Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn), defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. With his band of Merry Men, he robs from the rich, gives to the poor and still has time to woo the lovely Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland).

June 9, “Rear Window” (1954) – Confined to a wheelchair while a broken leg heals, professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) spends his time observing his neighbors out of the rear window of his New York apartment. When he begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife, Jeff enlists help to investigate.

June 16, “National Lampoon's Vacation” (1983) – Devoted-but-dimwitted dad Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) is determined to make his family vacation to Walley World a memorable one. But when bad directions, meddling relatives, greedy mechanics and other unexpected roadblocks threaten the itinerary, this vacation becomes one that the Griswold family will never forget.

June 23, “Forbidden Planet” (1956) and “A Trip to the Moon” (1902) – When an expedition from Earth arrives on Altair IV, they find that Dr. Edward Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis), are the only survivors from the original mission some 20 years before. Morbius isn't exactly pleased to see them and does his best to send them on their way. But Commander J.J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his team soon face a sinister, invisible force that leads them to believe that Morbius and Altaira are in danger. The screening will open with the 1902 Georges Méliès short “A Trip to the Moon.”

June 30, “From Russia With Love” (1963) – In the second installment of the Bond franchise, the evil crime cartel SPECTRE seeks revenge for the death of its operative Dr. No and sets a trap for special agent James Bond (Sean Connery). The bait is a Soviet encryption device, which the British Secret Service is desperate to find.

July 7, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942) – James Cagney won his only Oscar for this portrayal of real-life composer, playwright, actor, singer and dancer George M. Cohan. The autobiographical musical tells Cohan's life story from his beginnings in his family's vaudeville show, through his comeback as an adult.

July 14, “American Graffiti” (1973) – The summer of '62 is coming to an end, and best buddies Curt (Richard Dreyfuss) and Steve (Ron Howard) are headed off to a prestigious college. But the night before they're supposed to leave, Curt wrestles with second thoughts and spends the evening cruising the strip, searching for a mysterious woman in a white T-Bird.

July 21, “Moulin Rouge!” (2001) –The year is 1899, and a young English writer, Christian (Ewan McGregor), has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution that has taken hold of the subculture. But things take a wicked turn for Christian when he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the Moulin Rouge night club, Satine (Nicole Kidman).

July 28, “Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964) – This darkly comedic satire stars Sterling Hayden as an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. Then, it's up to the President of the United States, a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer (both played by Peter Sellers), the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (George C. Scott) and a former Nazi named Dr. Strangelove (Sellers again!) to prevent a nuclear apocalypse.

Aug. 4, “Jaws” (1975) – When a gigantic great white shark threatens the the small island community of Amity, Sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), marine scientist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled local shark-hunter and fisherman Quint (Robert Shaw) set out to stop it. But first…they're going to need a bigger boat.

Aug. 11, “The General” (1926) with “Bangville Police” (1913) – The story of Johnnie (Keaton), an engineer who loves two things: his train “The General” and Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). As the Civil War begins, Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board, and Johnnie must rescue both his loves. The screening will open with the Keystone Kops short “Bangville Police,” which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its release.

Aug. 18, “Gone With the Wind” (1939) – This American epic romance adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh), her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), and her marriage to Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, it is a tale of one woman's fall from luxury to poverty.

Aug. 24 and 25, “Casablanca,” Nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Torn between love and virtue and with the Germans on his tail, Rick must choose between his feelings for Ilsa and helping Laszlo escape Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

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