Tampa movie-goers know that when it comes to classic films, there is no better experience than seeing them at the city’s only majestic movie palace. For more than 20 years, the community has flocked to Tampa Theatre on hot Sunday afternoons to enjoy Summer Classics as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, with a bag of fresh popcorn and a cold soda in hand.
This year’s lineup is a return to the roots of cinema history, featuring classics that span more than six decades and – for the third consecutive year – letting Tampa Theatre’s fans choose one of the films. More than 500 titles were nominated, and the top three were put to a vote. The winner, which will be shown Sunday, July 19, will have you breaking out your favorite little black dress and pearls…
The 2015 Tampa Theatre Summer Classics lineup includes:
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
3 p.m. Sunday, June 7
Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is swept away with her dog, Toto, to a magical land called Oz. In her quest to get home, she embarks on a journey down the yellow brick road to seek the Wizard’s help, meeting along the way a kindly Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), an emotional Tin Man (Jack Haley) and a cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), while trying to escape the attention of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton). 1h 42m/Rated PG/Fantasy-Adventure
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of THE WIZARD OF OZ immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
KEY LARGO (1948)
3 p.m. Sunday, June 14
To honor the memory of a war buddy who died bravely, Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) travels to the Florida hotel managed by his friend’s widow, Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall), and father, James Temple (Lionel Barrymore). Though the Largo Hotel is closed for the season, the trio soon find themselves held hostage when the inn is taken over by a mob of gangsters who hole up there to await the passing of a hurricane.
1h 40m/Not Rated/Film Noir
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of KEY LARGO immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
CADDYSHACK (1980) — 35th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Sunday, June 21
The perfect film for Father’s Day, Harold Ramis’s directorial debut pits the caddies against the “establishment” at the hoity-toity Bushwood County Club, with riotous results. This wacky comedy features Bill Murray as the groundskeeper obsessed with killing the gophers that infest the golf course, Chevy Chase as a wealthy Bushwood member, and Rodney Dangerfield as a brash real estate mogul who couldn’t care less about the snobby club’s rules. 1h 38m/Rated R/Comedy
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of CADDYSHACK immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
This show is sponsored J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.
3 p.m. Sunday, June 28
John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) is a retired detective whose career was ended by the onset of a paralyzing fear of heights. But when an old friend (Tom Helmore) hires Ferguson to follow his wife (Kim Novak), who has grown obsessed with an ancestor of hers, the assignment draws Ferguson out of his comfortable role as observer. Soon, a complex web of intrigue mingles with the detective’s own fears to create a masterful exploration of fantasy and anxiety in Alfred Hitchcock’s haunting tale of deception, madness and death.
2h 8m/Rated PG/Thriller
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of VERTIGO immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) — 30th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Sunday, July 5
Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, an ’80s teen who takes a ride in a “flux capacitor”-rigged DeLorean invented by the nutty Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and ends up in 1955. Once on the ground, Marty meets his teen-aged mother (Lea Thompson) and accidentally wins her affections, thereby threatening the relationship she’s supposed to form with his father (Crispin Glover). Now it’s a do-or-never-be-born situation: Marty must get his parents to fall in love before Doc Brown sends him back to the proper decade.
1h 56m/Rated PG/Comedy Adventure
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of BACK TO THE FUTURE immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
TOP HAT (1935)
3 p.m. Sunday, July 12
The classic screwball comedy features Fred Astaire as Jerry Travers, an American dancer who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). One evening, Jerry practices his new dance steps late into the night in Horace’s hotel room, much to the annoyance of sleeping model Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) in the room below. When she goes upstairs to complain, the attraction is immediate, but complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for his producer, Horace. Regarded as the best of the Astaire-Rogers pairings, TOP HAT features famous Irving Berlin tunes like “Cheek to Cheek” and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 1h 41m/Not Rated/Musical Comedy
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of TOP HAT immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) — “Fans Pick the Classic” Winner!
3 p.m. Sunday, July 19
Based on Truman Capote’s novel, young socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) meets aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) when he moves into her apartment building. Paul is “sponsored” by an older woman (Patricia Neal) whose interest in the young man is more than literary, but he strikes up a platonic friendship with Holly, taking it upon himself to protect her from the worst aspects of city life. With her infectious joie de vivre, she helps Paul break through a paralyzing case of writer’s block in this lighter-than-air romantic comedy, set in a fantasy New York City with a memorable score by Henry Mancini.
1h 55m/Not Rated/Romantic Comedy
Sing-Along THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) — 50th Anniversary!
3 p.m. Sunday, July 26
Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is based on a real family and tells the true story of a young novice nun, Maria (Julie Andrews). After proving too high-spirited for the Mother Abess and other nuns, Maria is sent off to work as a governess for the Von Trapp family’s seven unruly children. The family is run in military style by the seemingly cold-hearted Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a lonely, widowed naval officer, but Maria’s warmth and love for the children soon win the Captain’s heart. Despite their newfound happiness, however, Hitler is ascending to power, and Captain Von Trapp must decide whether to join the Nazi party or force his family to leave their home forever. 2h 54m/ Rated G/Musical
This special screening invites guests to sing along with the lyrics on the screen, play along with the interactive props provided and dress in their favorite MUSIC-inspired outfits for a costume parade on-stage before the show!
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
3 p.m. Sunday, August 2
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 and her journey from innocence to an understanding of life’s harsh realities.
3h 58m/Rated G/Drama
WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
3 p.m. Sunday, August 9
This modern “Romeo and Juliet” tale is set in New York’s Upper West Side in the 1950s, where the area’s slums are plagued by racial tensions between two rival gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Caucasian Jets. In the middle is young, innocent Maria (Natalie Wood), a Puerto Rican seamstress whose brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris), is the leader of the Sharks. Despite warnings from Bernardo’s fiery girlfriend, Anita (Rita Moreno), Maria falls in love with a young, hopeful Polish boy, Tony (Richard Beymer), who used to belong to the Jets. But when Tony tries to stop a rumble between the gangs, tragedy ensues, marking their dedicated love affair with violence and desperation. A landmark score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim help round out one of the most popular musicals of all time, which earned 10 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. 2h 32m/Not Rated/Musical Drama
Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall will lead a short discussion of WEST SIDE STORY immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
3 p.m. Sunday, August 16
Martin Scorsese’s GOODFELLAS is the wry, violent story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), an aspiring criminal who ends up in witness protection after testifying against his former partners, Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy De Vito (Joe Pesci). As a poor Irish-Italian growing up in 1950s New York City, Hill rises through the ranks of Brooklyn’s organized crime branch and lives the good life, complete with a beautiful bride (Lorraine Bracco), a fancy house, and the best seats at the most exclusive restaurants. But when a botched robbery lands Henry in prison and leaves Jimmy and Tommy to kill off everyone else involved, Henry’s reckless infidelities and drug abuse damage his association with his adopted Mob “family.” 2h 26m/Rated R/Crime Drama
Local film expert Bob Ross will lead a short discussion of GOODFELLAS immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
This show is sponsored J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.
7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, August 22-23
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 the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis. 1h 42m/Rated PG/Drama
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
3 p.m. Sunday, August 30
At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom (Lon Chaney) threatens famous lyric singer Carlotta (Virginia Pearson), forcing her to give up playing “Marguerite” in Faust and turn the coveted role over to young, unknown soprano Christine Daae (Mary Philbin). But when Christine meets the disfigured, masked phantom in the catacombs of the theatre, his true motives become clear. 1h 33m/Not Rated/Silent Horror
This silent film will be accompanied live by renowned theatrical organist Dr. Steven Ball on Tampa Theatre’s original 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.
TICKETS FOR THE SUMMER CLASSICS MOVIE SERIES: $10 for adults and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members. Admission for the silent film THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with live accompaniment and Sing-Along THE SOUND OF MUSIC is $12 for adults and $10 for children, seniors, military and Members. Tickets are available at the Box Office or online at TampaTheatre.org ($2 convenience fee applies).