By Kathy Collins

There’s no better way to spend a hot July afternoon than to sit in the cool comfort of an historic movie theatre viewing classic movies on the big screen. So grab a friend or sweetheart and head to the Tampa Theatre for one of Summer Classics Movie Series this July. All shows will begin at 3 p.m.

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Back To The Future starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, an 80’s teen who takes a ride in a “flux capacitor” rigged DeLorean invented by the nutty Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and ends up in 1955. This will be shown on Sunday, July 5.

Next up is Top Hat which features Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This film is regarded as the best of the Astaire-Rogers pairings. Top Hat features famous Irving Berlin tunes such as “Cheek to Cheek” and was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture. See this classic on Sunday, July 12.

Fans chose the next movie, Breakfast At Tiffany’s to be viewed on Sunday, July 19. Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly Golightly whose infectious joie de vivre helps Paul, played by George Peppard, break through a paralyzing case of writer’s block. The romantic comedy is set in New York City and has a memorable score by Henry Mancini.

Finally, who can pass up the chance to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Sound Of Music on Sunday, July 26. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, This special screening invites guests to sing along with the lyrics on the screen, play along with the interactive props and dress in their favorite costume on the stage before the screening.

Jill Witecki of the Tampa Theatre said, “For the past three years, we’ve let our fans choose one of the movies in the lineup. More than 500 titles were nominated, and we put the top three to a popular vote. It was a close race between the top two, but Breakfast At Tiffany’s won out over Grease.”

Tickets for the Summer Classics Movie Series are just $10 for adults and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members. Tickets are available at the Tampa Theatre Box Office or online at A $2 convenience fee is applied.

The Tampa Theatre is located at 711 N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa. This is part two of a three part series on the Classic Movie Series.

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