Whether your ideal summer vacation includes a psychedelic journey to the edge of the solar system, a trip down a soot-filled London chimney, or an expedition to a jungle temple, the Tampa Theatre has you covered.
The historic downtown theater announced a lineup packed with adventures, classic dramas and dancing for its annual Summer Classics film series. Among the films screening Sundays at 3 p.m. from June 1 to Aug. 24 are “2001: A Space Odyssey,” a sing-along version of “Mary Poppins” and the Indiana Jones adventure “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Three films centered around dance, “Saturday Night Fever,” “The Gay Divorcee” and “Dirty Dancing,” will feature dance demonstrations by Arthur Murray Tampa Dance Centers before the film.
Tickets are $10, or $8 for Tampa Theater members. Tickets for the “Mary Poppins” sing-along and the silent feature “The Black Pirate,” which features accompaniment on the theater's “mighty Wurlitzer” organ, are an additional $2.
Here's the full schedule:
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), June 1 - Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking sci-fi masterpiece begins with the discovery of an ancient monolith on the the moon. The government, hiding the situation from the public, sends a team (Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, and William Sylvester) to discover what life forms could be watching Earth, and the race is on between computer and human to discover the next stage in evolution. The film will be followed by a discussion with film critic Steve Persall.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962), June 8 - Tomboy “Scout” follows the trials and tribulations of her father, Atticus Finch (Richard Peck), a white attorney defending a black man charged with raping a poor white woman. But when the prejudiced townspeople would rather lynch than try the accused, they make life a living hell for the lawyer and his family. The film will be followed by a discussion with film critic Steve Persall.
“Saturday Night Fever” (1977), June 15 - Tony Manero (John Travolta) lives for Saturday nights as the “king of the dance floor” at the disco, but at home it's a constant battle with his father. Everything changes when he meets Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney), whose dreams of the world outside Brooklyn and plan to relocate to the big city change Tony's life forever.
“Mary Poppins” (1964), June 21 and 22 - Song lyrics will appear on screen as magical nanny Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) breaths fresh air into the stuffy banks household when she blows in from the east on afternoon. She teaches a cold banker's children a life lesson with help from her chimney sweep friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke). Guests are invited to dress as characters from the film and participate in a costume parade before the movie.
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), June 29 - Out of 692 movies nominated in a Tampa Theatre Facebook poll, fans chose the first of the Indiana Jones films. Jones, a famous, whip-wielding, adventurer and archaeologist, is hired by the government to find the powerful Ark of the Covenant before it falls into Nazi hands.
“North By Northwest” (1959), July 6 - Manhattan ad executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mistaken for a spy, the helpless businessman is set up as a killer. Now on the run, his attempts to straighten things out only make matters worse. USF professor Harriet Deer will lead a discussion on the film, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary.
“The Gay Divorcee” (1934), July 13 - Mimi Glossop (Ginger Rogers) arrives in England to divorce her geologist husband, Cyril (William Austin), by staging an adulterous relationship. But when her lawyer forgets to arrange for private detectives to “catch” the couple, Mimi gets mixed up in more than she bargained for with the wrong co-respondent (Fred Astaire).
“Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), July 20 - While working for British Intelligence in Cario, officer, hero and sadist T.E Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) meets Sherif Ali Ben El Kharish (Omar Sharif), whose respect he soon earns. Appointed to Kharish's staff, the young officer quickly takes charge, organizes a guerrilla army and leads the Arabs in desert raids for more than two years.
“Blazing Saddles” (1974), July 27 - When the sheriff of a small town is killed, convict Bart (Cleavon Little) is appointed the first black sheriff of an all-white town, Rock Ridge, by the evil Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman), in hopes the townspeople will abandon their homes. When naive Sheriff Bart is greeted with hate, he ennlists the help of the town drunk (Gene Wilder) in this classic western comedy. USF professor Harriet Deer will lead a discussion after the film.
“Dirty Dancing” (1987), Aug. 3 - Young, innocent Baby (Jennifer Grey) is vacationing with her parents in the Catskill Mountains, where she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the hotel dance instructor. Captivated by him as well as his dance style, she soon becomes Johnny's student — both in dance and in love.
“Citizen Kane” (1941), Aug. 10 - It's 1934: millionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) has just passed away and a group of reporters are trying to decipher his last word. In a series of flashbacks, the rise and fall of Kane is revealed, along with how his wealth and power ultimately isolated him. Film expert Bob Ross will lead a discussion after the film.
“Casablanca” (1942), Aug. 16 and 17 - 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. Film expert Bob Ross will lead a discussion after the film.
“The Black Pirate” (1926), Aug. 24 - When a pirate ship is looted by a rival crew, a survivor known as The Black Pirate (Douglas Fairbanks) washes ashore and takes over the crew that ultimately kills his father. Trouble stirs when a princess (Billie Dove) is discovered on board.