Talk to couples in the community, and you’ll find plenty of stories about first dates and stolen kisses at the Tampa Theatre. This February, the historic movie palace is giving Bay-area lovebirds plenty of excuses to cuddle up in the balcony: new movies, OSCAR®-nominated short films, concerts for a variety of musical tastes, theatre tours, a steamy classics series and a glam gala to celebrate the Academy Awards!
Held over into the first week of February, Quartet stars Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Tom Courtenay as residents of the Beecham House, a home for retired musicians. Rumour has it that a star is going to be moving in, but the three friends are in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. A first-time directing effort from accomplished actor Dustin Hoffman, the film was adapted by Ronald Harwood (“The Dresser”) from his stage play.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Show times for the following week are available at www.TampaTheatre.org. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members at the box office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa.
The theatrical release of the Academy Award Nominated Short Films has been met by enthusiastic audiences ever since the first release in 2006, giving people around the world a unique opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 24th.
Tampa Theatre will present the Animated and Live Action Shorts in a series of screenings in mid-February. Dates and program details will be announced soon.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Grammy-nominated musician Brandon Heath returns to Tampa to join the Tampa Bay Young Life 40th Anniversary Celebration as a special musical guest.
Heath, a Christian artist and two-time Dove Award winner, is donating his time and talents to this event. He will will perform his No. 1 hit song “I’m Not Who I Was,” and other favorites like “Your Love” and “Give Me Your Eyes,” as well as share how Jesus changed his life at a Young Life camp when he was a teenager.
It will also feature humor and Young Life staff and volunteers sharing the unique, authentic ministry style that has proven effective and relevant in sharing a message of faith with Tampa Bay’s teens and their families in Tampa Bay for the past 40 years.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:15 p.m.
Before there was George Clooney, there was a young Marlon Brando. Before there was Angelina Jolie, there was Marilyn Monroe. And before all of them, there was the original “it” girl, silent film seductress Clara Bow. Sunday afternoons will sizzle as Tampa Theatre presents eight classic movies featuring some of the most iconic Sex Symbols of the Silver Screen on select Sundays, Jan. 13 – March 17.
Films in February are:
The Seven Year Itch starring Marilyn Monroe
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3
With his wife and son off summering in Maine, nerdy, faithful husband Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) concocts a rich fantasy life as an irresistible Casanova who seduces the woman upstairs (Monroe) with his piano playing. But when Richard is overcome by his daydreams and a budding friendship with his stunning neighbor, his resolve to resist temptation wanes in a comedic series of imaginary escapades.
The Lady From Shanghai starring Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
After rescuing beautiful blonde Elsa (Hayworth) from a group of thugs in Central Park, seaman Michael O’Hara (Welles) agrees to help crew her husband Bannister’s (Everett Sloane) yacht for a cruise through the Panama Canal. But after agreeing to help Bannister’s business partner fake his own death, Michael finds himself tangled in a complex murder plot that spirals out of control toward the film’s famous climactic scene: a surreal shoot-out in a fun house hall of mirrors.
The series will take a brief break the weekends of Feb. 17 and 24, and will return with its final three films in March.
Tickets for the Sex Symbols of the Silver Screen classic movie series are $9 for adults and $7 for Tampa Theatre members at the box office, or online at www.TampaTheatre.org ($2 convenience fee applies).
One of the most stunning features of Tampa Theatre is its Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, an instrument that – while original to the 1926 design – has grown over the decades to include more than 1,400 pipes. A dedicated group called the Central Florida Theatre Organ Society (CFTOS) volunteers their time and talent to maintain and tune the organ, as well as play before nearly every movie the Theatre screens.
On Saturday, Feb. 9, CFTOS member Bill Vlasak will present a Valentine Concert at 2 p.m. for fans of this beautiful and increasingly rare musical art form. Bill is best known to local audiences for his 11-year engagement playing at Roaring ‘20s in Ellenton, FL. The Columbus, Ohio native has also recorded seven albums and was awarded “Organist of the Year” by the American Theatre Organ Society.
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for Tampa Theatre and CFTOS members at the box office or online (a $2 convenience fee applies.)
Following a sold-out performance in 2011, Matisyahu returns to the Tampa Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 23 with long-time friend and acoustic guitarist Adam Weinberg for a special acoustic evening featuring songs from his entire repertoire, including his latest release, Spark Seeker.
With a voice and stage presence described as “tremendous, zen-like, and enlightening,” Matisyahu will also share stories that expand on the songs, their meaning and his spiritual journey. He began performing these stripped-down acoustic shows in early 2009, giving fans a more intimate and personal experience while simultaneously showcasing the simple statement of his incredible vocal range and beat box talents.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.50 at the box office or $38.50 online.
Experience the glitz and glamour of the 85th Academy Awards at Tampa Theatre! Officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, OSCAR® Experience – Tampa is the Bay area’s only benefit supported by the Academy, and is one of only 47 such events nationwide.
The fun-filled evening features a red-carpet VIP welcome, food samples and nominee-themed games. Plus, guests will receive free popcorn and soda throughout the show, and coffee and doughnuts after the awards.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for Tampa Theatre members and groups of 8 or more at the box office or online ($3 convenience fee applies.) Tickets for students with valid ID are $20, available at the box office only.
Official OSCAR programs are available for $10 and can be bundled with a ticket or purchased separately at the event, while supplies last.
Where does the Mighty Wurlitzer organ go when the movie starts? Why are there stuffed peacocks perched around the proscenium? (And, for that matter, what is a “proscenium” anyway?) Learn the Theatre’s secrets, stories, art and architecture with a “balcony to backstage” tour of the historic movie palace. The 90-minute tour will kick off in the lobby at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 16. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 2 to 12. Tampa Theatre members are free.
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. The historic Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved movie palaces, maintained as a dynamic cultural institution 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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