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Tampa Theatre hosting daily horror classics

The Tampa Theatre will host 15 nights of gory horror classics, family favorites, live ghost stories and paranormal investigations this Halloween season.

The historic theater's Nightmare On Franklin Street event series features a spooky new theme every day from Oct. 17 to 31, with movies related to those themes, such as ghosts, aliens, zombies and Hitchcock.

Some of the movies on tap include “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (Oct. 28), “Ghostbusters” (Oct. 26), “Paranorman” (Oct. 27) and a Halloween-night screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a live, pre-movie performance.

The movies run from adult-oriented, such as the R-rated, vampire double-feature of "Interview With the Vampire," and "Lost Boys" on Oct. 18, to family-friendly fare with an Oct. 21 screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" featuring a live performance by local "pirate magician" Mr. Bones.

The theater's regular 90-minute Balcony-to-Backstage tours also take on a ghostly theme Oct. 19 and 22 at 11:30 a.m., promising to answer questions such as why the “Lady in White” still roams the mezzanine, and why the theater is known as “one of the most haunted buildings in town,” the theater said. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for children 2 to 12.

On Oct. 25 and 26, the theater hosts a Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation with Tampa native Angela Alderman from the Syfy series “Ghost Hunters International.” Beginning at 8 p.m., the four-hour investigations will team guests with researchers as they look into the building's most common supernatural claims, including strange occurrences since the 1965 death of a projectionist. Tickets, priced at $150, go on sale Sept. 27 and include food and an open bar.

On Oct. 29, local author and storyteller Deborah Frethem will be on stage to share supernatural tales from her new book “Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Frethem will sign copies of the book directly after the reading. Tickets are $8.

Tickets for each Nightmare on Franklin Street movie are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Double-feature tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for children or seniors. Triple-feature tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for children and seniors.

Here's the full movie schedule:

Oct. 17, Japanese double feature, “Ringu,” 7:30 p.m.; “The Ring,” 10 p.m.

Oct. 18, Vampire double feature, “Interview With the Vampire,” 7:30 p.m.; “The Lost Boys,” 10 p.m.

Oct. 19, Space Invader Saturday, “It Came From Outer Space 3-D,” 7:30 p.m.; “Aliens,” 10 p.m.

Oct. 20, Hitchcock triple feature, “Hitchcock” (documentary), 3 p.m.; “The Birds,” 6:30 p.m.; “Psycho,” 10 p.m.

Oct. 21, Magic Monday, “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone,” 7:30 p.m. (with live magic pre-show by Mr. Bones at 7)

Oct. 22, “The Exorcist” 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23, “The Blair Witch Project,” 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 24, Dracula double feature, “Dracula” (1931), 7:30 p.m.; “Bram Stoker's Dracula,” 10 p.m.

Oct. 26, Spirit Saturday, “Casper,” 2 p.m.; “Ghostbusters,” 4:45 p.m.

Oct. 27, Zombie Invasion, “Paranorman,” 3 p.m.; “Night of the Living Dead,” 7:30 p.m.; “Dead Alive,” 10 p.m.

Oct. 28, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30, The Shining double-feature, “Room 237” (documentary on “The Shining”), 7:30 p.m.; “The Shining,” 10 p.m.

Oct. 31, “Halloween,” 7:30 p.m.; “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (including pre-movie performances by Interchangeable Parts and The Lipstick Players), 11 p.m.

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