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Family Favorites Classic Movie Series returns to Tampa Theatre

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Have you ever told someone about how much you enjoyed seeing a film from the 1980s on the big screen? Can you remember the pure joy of seeing number Johnny Five come to life? Do you recall the amazement of seeing Jessica Rabbit projected in all her technicolor glory? Do you remember the fierce fists and fancy footwork of the Cobra Kai?

Starting in March, the next generation of young fans will get the chance to see some of their parents’ most beloved childhood films on the big screen at the historic Tampa Theatre, thanks to the return of the popular Family Favorites classic movie series, presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

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. “We want to send a message to Tampa’s parents that we hope they’ll bring the whole family out on a Sunday afternoon for the Family Favorites. While many of our summer and holiday classic offerings are family-friendly, this series is truly family-targeted.”

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN (1984)

3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 9

After the Muppets fail to find support for their Broadway musical, the gang goes its separate ways, leaving Kermit The Frog – his dream still alive – to find an enthusiastic producer in New York. But when Kermit disappears before the musical opens, the rest of the Muppets must decide whether the show must go on. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its release, the film also features cameos by Broadway greats Gregory Hines and Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Ed Koch, and many more. 1h 34m/Rated G/Comedy

SHORT CIRCUIT (1986)

3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16

When armed Department of Defense robot Number 5 gets struck by lightning, he "malfunctions" and develops a human-like consciousness. Number 5 escapes, and is taken in by a young woman named Stephanie (Ally Sheedy), who begins teaching him about popular culture and human nature. Thoroughly convinced that the robot is alive, the pair must convince Number 5’s inventor, reclusive scientist Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg), that he is more than just a machine. 1h 38m/Rated PG/Comedy

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (1990)

3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23

Through contact with a mysterious substance called Ooze, four tiny turtles in the sewers of New York mutate into walking, talking, pizza-loving Ninja fighters, who train under a wise rat named Splinter. But when he is kidnapped by his arch-enemy, Shredder, the Turtles must save their mentor and stop Shredder’s evil plan to take over the world. 1h 33m/Rated PG/Action-Adventure

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? (1988)

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6

Someone is out to steal the valuable "Toon Town" property from its animated residents, and their biggest star, Roger Rabbit, has been framed for murder. It’s up to ‘toon-hating gumshoe Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear Roger’s name and keep an eye on Jessica, Roger’s voluptuous ‘toon wife. Nominated for four Academy Awards, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? was groundbreaking in its interaction between live and animated characters, and features dozens of references to classic animation.
1h 44m/Rated PG/Comedy

OCTOBER SKY (1999)

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13

Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern star in this true story of Homer Hickam, the son of a small-town coal miner who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take an interest in space. Against his father's wishes and mocked by his neighbors, Homer and his friends try to launch a rocket of their own. But one teacher at the boys’ high school understands their efforts and helps them learn the power of perseverance with the national science fair and a college scholarship in sight. 1h 48m/Rated PG/Drama

THE KARATE KID (1984)

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20

When the new kid in town, Daniel (Ralph Macchio), takes an interest in Ali (Elizabeth Shue), her ex-boyfriend (William Zabka) and his friends start harassing Daniel. But Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), an elderly Japanese handyman, comes to his rescue and takes on the bullies by himself using karate. Daniel begs to learn this ancient martial art, and Miyagi begins the boy's training, teaching him that there is more to karate than fighting. 2h 6m/Rated PG/Drama

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27

Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is swept away with her dog, Toto, to a magical land called Oz. In her quest to get home, she embarks on a journey down the yellow brick road to seek the Wizard’s help, meeting along the way a kindly Scarecrow, an emotional Tinman and a cowardly Lion, and trying to escape the attention of the Wicked Witch of the West. This beloved classic is based on the book by Frank L. Baum and celebrates the 75th anniversary of its cinematic release this year.
1h 42m/Rated PG/Fantasy-Adventure

Tickets for the Family Favorites classic movie series are $10 for adults and $8 for children and Tampa Theatre Members at the Box Office or online at www.TampaTheatre.org ($2 convenience fee applies). The series is presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, with media sponsorship by Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

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