Where: Citrus Park Stadium 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa; Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park and Hollywood Stadium 20, 1993 Main St., Sarasota
Tickets: $12.50; www.fathomevents.com
It seems a little bite of Tampa found its way into the Syfy movie "Sharknado." About 20 minutes into the cheesy movie sensation, a flooded Bayshore Boulevard, with water splashing over the ballustrade and a big shark swimming through the Rome Avenue intersection, finds its way on screen. You can see whether we're right and check out all the chaos and more on the big screen Friday when "Sharknado" makes the jump to Regal movie theaters across the United States for a midnight show, including theaters in the Tampa Bay area. The movie, starring Tara Reid ("American Pie") and Ian Ziering ("Beverly Hills 90210") is about a tornado that rains down a deluge of man-eating sharks on Los Angeles. It was dubbed by many on social media as the "best, worst movie ever" after its July 11 premiere.
"It's pure entertainment, which can numb the shanty filmmaking and acting, even though some of it was done on purpose - I hope," said Joe Belcastro, who writes about movies for craveonline.com and has contributed stories to The Tampa Tribune. "I would go see it just to bask in audiences' reactions on opening night. And I'll be bringing my flask into the theater." Local screenings will be at midnight at the Citrus Park Stadium 20 (7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa), Park Place Stadium 16 (7200 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park) and Hollywood Stadium 20 (1993 Main St., Sarasota). Tickets, priced at $12.50, are on sale through www.fathomevents.com/#!sharknado.
The screenings will include never-before-seen footage and a behind-the-scenes featurette and gag reel (is that sarcasm or irony?). A week after the original airing of "Sharknado" spawned more than 600,000 Tweets, Syfy announced it would produce "Sharknado 2." That sequel, in which flying sharks invade New York City, is slated to air on the cable network in 2014. TBO.com producer Christopher Spata and Tribune reporter Cloe Cabrera contributed to this report.