With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

The Tampa Theatre’s Annual Classic Series ends on Sunday September 3. Do not miss your chance to see a classic movie in a truly historic movie palace.

“This year, the oldest movie in the series, Metropolis, turns 90 and takes the Tampa Theatre back to its roots of presenting silent films with live musical accompaniment on the movie palace’s original Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ,” said Jill Witecki with the Tampa Theatre.

“This year also marks the return of the ‘Fan Pick the Classic’ poll, and we will be donning our bobby socks and saddle shoes for the sing-along version of Grease on August 20,” added Witecki.

First up on Sunday, August 6, come see Reservoir Dogs as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. This film launched Quentin Tarantino’s career as one of the greatest directors ever. Following the film, USF film professor, Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of Reservoir Dogs.

Next, come see two shows of the classic film, The Wizard of Oz on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13. Before the screening on Sunday, presenting sponsor, Bank of America is giving away 4×6 commemorative photos in the lobby starting at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, August 20, come sing-along with the classic film, Grease, the most famous movie about the most famous summer romance ever. It is corny, but that is what makes a great musical great.

Next, the Tampa Theatre offers two screenings of the 1942 classic film, Casablanca. This film has been consistently listed in the top five movies of all time. Casablanca is simply timeless. There is no better way to see a film like this than on a big screen in an historic movie palace.

The Classic Summer Movie Series ends on Sunday, September 3 with the 1927 film, Metropolis. Witecki said, “In 2010, Tampa Theatre was proud to be one of a few theatres in the world to present the new, complete restoration of Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece Metropolis, with live accompaniment by renowned theatrical organist Dr. Stephen Ball. We are once again presenting Metropolis in a form as close as possible as how it would have been experienced upon its release in 1927.”

All films are shown at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for members. The Tampa Theatre is located at 711 N. Franklin St. in Tampa.

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