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Each summer, the Tampa Theatre Summer Classics Movie Series shows an amazing selection of films. Here’s the 2024 lineup.

Tampa is home to one of the most amazing historic theaters. Tampa Theatre opened in 1926. It hosted world-class entertainment, and was extremely popular for just a quarter!

As in most cities, as TV became more popular, theaters became less so. In the 1960s, many of those theaters began being demolished, but Tampa Theatre was spared. Community leaders led the battle and the City of Tampa’s iconic theatre has become one of the most used theaters of its kind. According to tampatheatre.org, over 700 events are held annually in its auditorium.

Each year, among those 700+ events, are annual series, including the “Star Wars”, Family Favorites, Holiday Classics, Halloween, and Sing-Along movie series.

Coming up at the beginning of June is the Summer Classics Movie Series. For the 33rd year, each weekend from June 2 through August 25 is a classic film. According to Tampatheatre.org, Each film is in the National Film Registry listed as having “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films.”

Sponsors for the 2024 Summer Classic Movie Series include the City of Tampa, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and Publix Super Markets Charities.

Ticket prices for most of the films in the series are as follows:

  • Individual tickets: $10 *
  • Member discount: $7 *
    Members receive one discount per member card
  • Member No Fee: $10.00 *
    Members enjoy no fees on one additional ticket per card
  • Member Comp: $0.00 *
    Patron level and higher Members may use their free tickets for this film

The prices for the final weekend:

  • Individual Tickets: $14.50 *
  • Member Discount: $11.50 *
    Members receive one discount per member card
  • Member No Fee: $14.50 *
    Members enjoy no fees on one additional ticket per card
  • Member Comp: $0.00 *
    Patron level and higher Members may use their free tickets on this film

* Does not include convenience or handling fees.

Here’s the lineup for the 2024 Summer Classics Movie Series:

  • Thelma & Louise (1991) - R: Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m.

    Thelma and Louise stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as best friends who set out on a road trip. Their adventure turns into an escape from the law for crimes they commit along the way.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - PG: Sunday, June 9, 3 p.m.

    The classic sci fi where people’s minds are being replaced with aliens. Featuring Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter and Carolyn Jones (Morticia Addams)

  • Notorious (1946) - 'Approved': Sunday, June 16, 3 p.m.

    In this Alfred Hitchcock classic, a woman is asked to spy on traitorous father’s friends. Starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains.

  • Sunset Boulevard (1950) - 'Approved': Sunday, June 23, 3 p.m.

    Gloria Swanson and William Holden star in this Billy Wilder directed classic. You’ll recognize the famous lines from the film, “I *am* big. It’s the *pictures* that got small,” and “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” Each of those lines appears on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest 100 Movie Quotes.

  • The Godfather Part II (1974) - R: Sunday, June 30, 3 p.m.

    Winner of 6 Academy Awards, the Francis Ford Coppola-directed film features Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton. It’s a look into the life of Mario Puzo’s Vito Corleone and his son Michael in the world of the family’s crime syndicate.

  • Apollo 13 (1995) - PG: Sunday, July 7, 3 p.m.

    Based on the real-life experience, Ron Howard directed Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise. The drama that unfolded in front, or rather above, the world, became an Oscar winner and a classic.

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) - PG: Sunday, July 14, 3 p.m.

    Butch and the Sundance Kid lead a band of robbers, and end up on the run from the law. Robert Redford and Paul Newman star in this classic that won 4 Oscars.

  • The Wizard Of Oz (1939) - G: July 21, 3 p.m.

    Follow the… crowd to Tampa Theatre for The Wizard Of Oz. This is what classics are all about. Follow Dorothy as her new friends help find her way back home to Kansas.

  • Do The Right Thing (1989) - R: Sunday, July 28, 3 p.m.

    Spike Lee wrote and directed this Oscar nominee. Lee also stars, along with Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, in this story of race relations. This film has had an immeasurable impact on Black cinema, and still rings through decades later.

  • The Princess Bride (1987) - PG: Sunday, August 4, 3 p.m.

    You haven’t seen The Princess Bride? Inconceivable! Get ready for this timeless classic that is still under 40 years old! You’ll be able to almost recite the film along with the cast. Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Andre the Giant and so many more familiar names, The Princess Bride is a treat for all ages.

  • Chinatown (1974) - R: Sunday, August 11, 3 p.m.

    Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway star in this film inspired by real events. A detective gets mixed in with the madness of 1930’s Los Angeles.

  • Casablanca (1942) - PG: Sunday, August 18, 3 p.m.

    Another film that you’ll be able to quote, even if you’ve never seen it. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are joined by legends Sydney Greenstreet, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre and Dooley Wilson. Another one of those classics that defined the genre, as well as the word ‘classic.’

  • The Silent Clowns: Short Comedies

    Each year, the Tampa Theatre Summer Classics series includes silent films. This year, four films, Cops (1922) with Buster Keaton, Mighty Like A Moose (1926) with Charley Chase and Vivien Oakland, The Immigrant (1917) with Charlie Chaplin’s as the Little Tramp and Big Business (1929) starring Laurel and Hardy. What makes these silent films special is they are also accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

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