Tampa Theatre to host free screening of David Bowie’s THE HUNGER

The man born David Jones was known by many names: Ziggy Stardust. Major Tom. The Goblin King. The world lost a visionary artist when David Bowie succumbed to cancer this past week, but he will be forever remembered as much for his ground-breaking music and otherworldly style as for his chameleon-like movie roles and fairytale love story with supermodel wife Iman.

In tribute, Tampa Theatre will open its doors for a free community movie night screening of Bowie’s 1983 fantasy thriller THE HUNGER at 9:30pm Friday, Jan. 22.

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Bowie plays John Blaylock, husband and lover of the gorgeous immortal vampire Miriam (Catherine Deneuve). John believes that he, too, will live forever, but instead, he quickly deteriorates into a horrible living death as Miriam seeks a new companion. He seeks the help of Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon), a scientist who studies the blood’s role in premature aging, but Sarah quickly falls under Miriam’s spell and risks becoming the next in her long line of eternally aging victims.

THE HUNGER is rated R. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited.


TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY: “The Karate Kid” with Ralph Macchio LIVE at Tampa Theatre

 Tampa Theatre is proud to announce The Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio LIVE, appearing on the Theatre’s historic stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).

Tickets are $46.50 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale at noon Friday, Dec. 18 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, and online at www.TampaTheatre.org. A very limited number of meet & greet tickets will also be available for $129 (plus fees).


The Karate Kid premiered in 1984 to both critical and commercial acclaim. Listed in Entertainment Weekly’s Top 50 of the “Best High School Movies” ever made, the film, directed by John Avildsen (Rocky), captured the thrill of the underdog and inspired thousands of young kids. The movie made a star out of Ralph Macchio, who will share his experience and behind-the-scenes stories with fans in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it on the big screen and hear from the Karate Kid himself. Macchio’s film and television career also includes Eight is Enough, The Outsiders, Crossroads, Ugly Betty, Entourage, and Dancing With The Stars. The Karate Kid brand continues to endure with numerous sequels, including The Karate Kid 2 starring Jaden Smith.

Soulshine Music Presents Get The Led Out Live at Tampa theatre

Get The Led Out – dubbed by media as “The American Led Zeppelin” – is returning to Tampa for another live performance on the Theatre’s historic stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2016 presented by Soulshine Music.

Tickets are $43 and $38 (plus applicable service fees) and will go on sale at noon Friday, Nov. 20 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, and online at www.TampaTheatre.org

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From the bombastic and epic to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) captures the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brings it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. With the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-creates the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. Without wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants: a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.


The 2+ hour set spans the career of the legendary British super group, with a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever, heard in concert and include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and “Battle of Evermore” performed in their original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis. Their approach to performing this hallowed catalogue is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe that 100 years from now, they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

Soulshine Music Presents Storm Large LIVE at Tampa Theatre

Storm Large, described as, “musician, actor, playwright, author, awesome,” will be performing live on Tampa Theatre’s historic stage at 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 12th, presented by Soulshine Music.

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Tickets are $48.50 (plus applicable service fees) and will go on sale at noon Friday, Nov. 20 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, and online at www.TampaTheatre.org

Storm Large shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.

Storm spent the 90s singing in clubs throughout San Francisco. Tired of the club scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef, but a last minute cancellation in 2002 at the Portland club “Dante’s” turned into a standing Wednesday night engagement for Storm and her new band, The Balls. It wasn’t long before Storm had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed singing career that was about to be launched onto the international stage.

Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she was featured on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton.

In the Fall of 2014, Storm & Le Bonheur will be releasing a record designed to capture their sublime and subversive interpretations of the American Songbook. Entitled simply, “Le Bonheur” and released on Pink Martini’s, Heinz Records, the recording will be a collection of tortured and titillating love songs; beautiful, familiar, yet twisted…much like the lady herself. Storm and her band will hit the road in support of this new release. Storm also makes her debut with The New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, The Cincinnati Symphony, The Houston Symphony and The RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin amongst others. Storm is also busy creating a new musical with The Public Theater in New York City.



Join Tampa Theatre for one of William Shatner’s forgotten masterpieces at 2pm Saturday, November 7 followed by a live Q&A with the film’s director, William Grefé!


Tampa Theatre in association with Delirium magazine, and Fandomonium in Tampa Bay celebrate the1975 release of the horror thriller, IMPULSE by presenting a very special 40th Anniversary screening of the revered cult classic filmed entirely in Tampa.  IMPULSE is a pulse-pounding tale of psychotic murder starring William Shatner (famously known as Captain Kirk on STAR TREK), Harold “Odd Job” Sakata, Jennifer Bishop (MAKO: JAWS OF DEATH) and Ruth Roman (THE BABY.)

Impulse director, cult movie legend and Florida filmmaker William Grefé will be the Guest of Honor for the commemorative screening.  A lively and informative Q&A session + meet-and-greet with Grefé will take place post-screening as he reminisces about the production and Tampa locales.  The festivities will be hosted by “King of the B-Movies” Joel D. Wynkoop, star of TRUTH OR DARE and BRAINJACKED.

Filmed in 1973 and released in 1975,  IMPULSE spins the twisted tale of con man Matt Stone (Shatner), a man haunted by an abusive past, who seeks out emotionally vulnerable widows to loot their inheritances.  His schemes go beyond double-crossing and enters the dark realms of murder, bloodshed, and revenge.  His main foil – a clever teenage girl named “Tina”, the daughter of his chief female victim!

For the second consecutive year, Tampa Theatre spotlights cult movies produced in the Tampa Bay area.  Screening organizer and filmmaker Andy Lalino is excited about this legacy. “Impulse follows 2014’s celebrated Tampa Theatre screening of SATAN’S CHILDREN, another movie filmed in Tampa during the ‘70s.  We are proud to showcase cult films lensed here in our own backyard.  Above all, we are excited beyond words to have director William Grefé in person to amaze fans with personal, informative storytelling about the making of this special motion picture starring the idolized William Shatner.”

William Grefé is equally thrilled about the occasion.  “I’m making a special trip to see my Tampa fans and friends – it’s been 40 years since we premiered Impulse in Clearwater”, he said.  “And I’m proud to screen it triumphantly again at the glorious Tampa Theatre!  Be prepared for edge-of-your seat storytelling about working with Shatner and the cast.  I have tall tales that will blow your mind!  This is an event no true fan of independent and cult film should miss – true once-in-a-lifetime stuff!”

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members available at the Tampa Theatre Box Office located at 711 N Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602 or online at www.TAMPATHEATRE.org ($2 convenience fee applies.) Children 17 and under not admitted without an adult.

AEG LIVE Presents: Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy Tour at Tampa Theatre

Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice will bring his My Favourite Faded Fantasy Tour to Tampa!  The show is set to take place on Tampa Theatre’s historic stage on Monday, November 9 at 8pm and is presented by AEG LIVE.

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Damien Rice launched his music career in the late ’90s with the hard-hitting indie rock outfit Juniper. The group signed to Polygram in 1997 and released two singles, “The World Is Dead” and “Weathermen,” which did moderately well on Irish radio, but when it came time to record a full-length album, contractual rules from the label prevented Juniper from doing so, and Rice split. After a brief respite in Europe, Rice returned to Dublin to focus on music once again, scrounging up enough money to record a demo. He sent it to producer/film composer David Arnold (Björk, Nina Persson, Paul Oakenfold), and luckily for him, Arnold loved it and set Rice up in his very own mobile studio to make a record. His first single, “The Blower’s Daughter,” was an instant Top 20 hit when it appeared in fall 2001. Shared gigs with McAlmont & Butler and folkie Kathryn Williams followed in summer 2002 when Rice released O in the U.K. The album hit the States in 2003, which earned the Irishman a dedicated group of American fans in addition to his European ones, and after satiating all of them with a collection of B-sides in 2005, Rice released his sophomore record, 9. The album featured his long-term collaborator and then-girlfriend Lisa Hannigan on backing vocals, but on the supporting tour, they eventually split. Rice then went silent for six years without any material or shows after supporting Leonard Cohen in Dublin in 2008, but in 2014 he announced a small show at the 25th Anniversary celebrations of Whelan’s, a venue in the Irish capital. His third studio album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, was produced by legendary American producer Rick Rubin, and was released in November 2014.

Tickets are $59.50  / $49.50  / $39.50 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale Friday, Sept. 18 at 10am, available online and at the Tampa Theatre Box Office located at 711 N. Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602.

Benise’s “Strings of Passion Tour” Comes to Tampa Theatre!

Guitar virtuoso Benise and his Emmy award-winning show return with a brand new PBS special and tour –  Strings of Passion!  The show is set to take place on Tampa Theatre’s historic stage on Thursday, February 25, 2015 at 7:30pm (doors will open at 6:30pm.)

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From his humble beginnings as a street performer to performing around the world, Benise takes us on a musical journey of Salsa, Flamenco, Tango, Waltz, Samba…and more! 

Benise’s ‘Strings of Passion Tour’, showcases classic songs from Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and The Eagles and combines them with Spanish guitar and Spanish dance. Benise’s love of both Spanish Guitar and rock brings a fierce intensity to these new interpretations of his favorite classic anthems.

Tickets are $65.50, $49.50, $29.50 and a limited number of VIP Fan Experience tickets at $95.50 plus applicable fees.




Go behind the scenes, meet Benise and cast, and get your own photo moment when you attend a working sound check!



·         Exclusive Meet & Greet with the Benise and Cast

·         Private Sound Check Experience

·         Personal Photographs with Benise

·         Souvenir Official Meet and Greet Laminate

·         Personally Autographed Copy of  ‘STRINGS OF PASSION’ 2 CD-SET

·         Premier Seating (first 4 rows)

Tickets will go on sale Noon Friday, September 11 and will be available at the Tampa Theatre Box Office & online at www.tampatheatre.org.

About Tampa Theatre: Built in 1926, Tampa Theatre hosts more than 600 events each year, including first-run films, classic movies, concerts, corporate events, educational programs, weddings and tours.

It is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved movie palaces. The majestic building is owned by the City of Tampa and operated as a dynamic film and cultural center by the not-for-profit 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 and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence. For more information, visit www.tampatheatre.org