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Documentary and more focus on JFK in Tampa

A newly prepared documentary, “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary,” will be screened Thursday at Tampa Theatre.

The film, written and produced by Lynn Marvin Dingfelder in partnership with WUSF Public Media, focuses on Monday, Nov 18, 1963, when John F. Kennedy became the first sitting president to visit Tampa. Thousands saw his motorcade ride through the city with the president in the convertible in which he was riding when assassinated four days later.

The documentary includes film footage of Kennedy’s Tampa speeches, photos, home movies and first-hand accounts of the day. It will air at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m.

A special VIP program and reception begins at 5:30 p.m. featuring a discussion with Dingfelder and members of JFK’s Secret Service detail who were with him that day. Attendees also receive a signed copy of the book “Kennedy Detail.”

Tickets for the screening at the box office are $12 and $13.50 online; VIP tickets are $125 at the box office or $130 online. For tickets, see http://tampatheatre.org/jfk-in-tampa-the-50th-anniversary/.

The documentary is set to air at 8 p.m. Sunday Nov. 10 on WUSF-TV and repeat at 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

It also will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Tampa Bay History Center with a panel discussion. There is no admission charge for that screening. The screening is in conjunction with the JFK in Tampa museum exhibit from Friday (Nov. 8) through Dec. 8.

At noon Nov. 22, a JFK Historic Marker unveiling and dedication ceremony, open to the public, will feature elected officials and a public honoring of Kennedy. The ceremony will be at Franklin Street and Kennedy Boulevard.

For information, see www.jfkintampa.org.

Lenora Lake

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