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Tampa Theatre offers summer movie series for families

The South Tampa News
Published:   |   Updated: March 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Fozzie Bear, E.T. and the Oompa-Loompas are just a few of the characters that might come to life for a new generation of moviegoers as the Tampa Theatre hosts its Family Favorites classic movie series.

John Bell, the Tampa Theatre?s president and CEO, said they polled parents and local bloggers for input in developing the series, which is being presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in April and May.

?It was at their suggestion that we chose these particular films and moved the show time to 2 p.m. Sunday afternoons,? Bell said.

The goal was to find parents? favorite childhood films that could become new favorites for their children as they watch them together on the big screen.

Tampa Theatre will offer a discounted child?s ticket price for the series. The cost is $7 for ages 12 and younger, while adult tickets are $9.

?We?ve never offered a child?s price for our classic films before, but with the Family Favorites, we want Tampa?s parents to know that we hope they will bring the whole family,? Bell said. ?While many of our summer and holiday classic offerings are family-friendly, this series is truly family-targeted.?

The lineup for the family film series, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sundays, include:

April 7: ?The Princess Bride,? a 1987 film about the adventures of Princess Buttercup and her true love, Westley.

April 14: ?Babe,? a 1995 film about a shy Yorkshire piglet that doesn't quite know his place in the world.

April 21: ?Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,? a 1971 about a poor boy named Charlie who wins a ticket to visit a magical chocolate factory.

April 28: ?Annie,? a 1982 film about a red-haired orphan chosen to stay with a famous billionaire for a week.

May 5: ?The Muppet Movie,? a 1979 movie featuring Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear.

May 12: ?The Neverending Story,? a 1984 movie about a young boy who borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book.

May 19: ?E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,? a 1982 movie about a boy who befriends a stranded extraterrestrial.

Tickets for the Family Favorites classic movie series may be purchased at the box office or online at www.TampaTheatre.org.

Built in 1926, the theater Theatre is a member of the League of Historic American Theatres and one of America?s best-preserved movie palaces, maintained by the Tampa Theatre Foundation. Programming is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Classics film series are presented with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.


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