TAMPA — Disney’s “Mary Poppins” movie is 50 years old, but many in the crowd at the 3 p.m. showing at Tampa Theatre on Saturday knew all the words to the songs.
“We watched it at home,” said Kimberly Hunt of Largo, who attended the show with her young children. “They practiced the songs and everything.”
The matinee was part of Tampa Theatre’s annual Summer Classics series, during which a “classic” movie is shown every Sunday afternoon. A sing-along version of “Mary Poppins” was scheduled for a two-day showing — it plays again at 3 p.m. Sunday — along with “Casablanca,” which also will be shown twice — on Aug. 16 and 17.
Viewers were invited to come dressed like characters from the movie, which stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, for a costume parade across the stage before the show. The words to all the songs scrolled across the screen during the movie, and most of the people in the crowded theater sang along.
“It’s something fun to do,” said Pam Redden, who was visiting from Houston to see her friend Mary Jo Heger, who provided the pair’s Mary Poppins costumes — complete with black dress, feathered hat and smart shoes.
Tampa Theatre’s Summer Classics series has been a tradition for more than 20 years, according to the theater’s website. The weekly shows started the first weekend in June and will continue through August.
The schedule of classic movies includes “North by Northwest,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Citizen Kane.”
For Hunt and her children, Landon, 6; and Lauren, 4, the “Mary Poppins” showing was something different to do on a summer afternoon.
“The kids love the movie and we just thought it would be fun to come and sing along,” she said.
Bill Bravic wanted an excuse to see a movie in the historic Tampa Theatre for the first time.
“It’s sort of a nostalgic trip, you know?” he said.
For Penny Hedrick and Cathy Slusser, the afternoon was all about Julie Andrews and “Mary Poppins.”
They drove from Bradenton, dressed as Mrs. Brill the cook and Ellen the maid — two characters in the movie.
“We’re big fans and we’re big kids,” Hedrick said.
To find out more about the Summer Classics series, go to www.tampatheatre.org.