Tampa Theatre has been a favorite destination for Bay-area moviegoers for generations. Starting next month, the next generation of young fans will get the chance to see some of their parents’ most beloved childhood films on the big screen, thanks to the return of the popular Family Favorites classic movie series, presented by Bank of America.
The Theatre also hopes that offering a discounted kids’ ticket price for this series – $8 for ages 12 and younger – will appeal to families looking for an affordable weekend outing in downtown Tampa. Adult tickets are $10.
“This is the only classic movie series for which we offer a child’s price,” says Jill Witecki, the Theatre’s Director of Marketing. “While many of our summer and holiday classic offerings are family-friendly, this is the series that we program specifically with families in mind. I want parents to be able to introduce their kids to some of their own favorite movies from childhood and to see them again on the big screen.”
An American Tail (1986)
3:00pm Sunday, April 8
Life’s hard in Russia, even for mice. In the middle of a Hanukkah celebration, Fievel Mousekewitz and the rest of his family are torn from their home by evil cats and sent on an adventure in New York City. They soon find out that, contrary to their folk tales, America has cats too, and its streets are not paved with cheese. Poor little Fievel, separated from his family and thrust into political and social crisis, must make friends with the locals and find his way back to his loved ones. Full of “cat”chy songs and wonderful vocal performances by such stars as Christopher Plummer and Dom DeLuise, Don Bluth’s An American Tail puts a gripping and inspiring family story in the middle of an insightful historical allegory. 1h 20m / G / Animated
Cool Runnings (1993)
Who doesn’t love the Olympics? When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from his run in the Summer Games, he decides that the best route to gold and glory is a route you make up yourself. Assembling a couple other washed-out runners and a disgraced former coach, he decides to put together the first ever Jamaican bobsled team. Cool Runnings is a feel-good story of overcoming adversity, pushing through embarrassment and finding your own success through perseverance and pride instead of conventional prestige. And lest we forget, it’s based on the true story of the formation of the Jamaican bobsled team! (Fine, very loosely based.) 1h 38m / PG / Comedy
3:00pm Sunday, April 22
Filmed in the Keys and other Florida locations, Flipper is the story of Sandy, a boy who nurses an injured dolphin (the titular Flipper) back to health against the wishes of his fisherman father (Chuck Connors of The Rifleman fame) who sees dolphins as competition for dwindling fish stocks. The two come to share a powerful friendship that can still teach us all something about the intelligence and affection of animals. The movie was co-created by Ricou Browning, who played the Creature in Creature from the Black Lagoon, so he knew a little something about acting underwater; Flipper was played by a female dolphin named Mitzie, one of the first true animal stars. It’s a Florida picture through and through! 1h 27 / G / Drama
The Dark Crystal (1982)
3:00pm Sunday, April 29
Young parents, we know what you’re thinking. “The Dark Crystal gave me nightmares for years!” Listen, we get it. Those Skeksis are creepy. But think of it this way: just by bringing your kids to one movie, you can help teach them bravery and the triumph of heroism in a comfortable and safe environment; you can expose them to the genius of the Henson Muppet workshop at the height of its powers; and you can show them the power of cinematic storytelling in a timeless tale of high fantasy, wherein the heroic Jen must help her friends and heal the magic Crystal before it falls into the clutches of evil. Or don’t bring your kids and come by yourself to relive the excitement and terror of your own first viewing. We won’t judge. 1h 33m / PG / Fantasy
Sing-Along The Little Mermaid (1989)
3:00pm Sunday, May 6
It is the year 2018 and Disney owns practically every intellectual property you can think of. But believe it or not, things weren’t always so sunny. In 1989, Disney had just suffered a string of critical and commercial failures (The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective), and Don Bluth’s hits like An American Tail were starting to corner the animation market. So Disney went back to its roots, brought out a fairy-tale-based animated musical they’d been working on since the 1930s, and opened up the era now known as the Disney Renaissance. The Little Mermaid, the story of a teenaged mermaid princess and her quest to find her true place in the world — was an enormous smash hit for Disney. The characters and music from the film still fill our hearts with wonder and joy. And with this special sing-along version, you can come dressed as your favorite character, follow the words on the screen, and sing along out loud to all the fantastic songs without being asked to leave the Theatre!
1h 23m / G / Animated Musical
TICKETS for the Family Favorites classic movie series are $10 for adults, $8 for kids ages 2-12, and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members, available at the Box Office or online at www.TampaTheatre.org ($2 convenience fee applies).