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Redrum! Scary midnight movies to shine at Curtis Hixon



A haunted hotel. Flesh-eating zombies. Demonic possession. Finally the city may be onto something in its never ending quest to breathe life into downtown Tampa after dark.

The City of Tampa and Friends of Tampa Recreation Inc. announced a new midnight movie series in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Wednesday featuring scary movies. "Scream on the Green" will begin Friday, June 21, with a showing of the classic Stanley Kubrick take on Stephen King's The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Good evening, Mr. Torrance!

The series will continue each third Friday through at least August. On tap for July 19: Dawn of the Dead. On Aug. 16, it's time for The Exorcist. Best of all, it's free.

“For adults, this is a great way to enjoy downtown and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This experience will be something new and different for Tampa, but I think everyone will have a lot of fun.” 

Note the "for adults" part of his quote. A news release announcing the series says shows may not be appropriate for people younger than 18, which, remembering the money scene from The Exorcist, sounds about right.

Concessions will be available for purchase, including from food truck Wicked Witches, of course. Low-backed chairs. leashed dogs and coolers are allowed, but not alcohol, which will not be offered for sale either. There will be enough projectile vomiting on screen Aug. 16 as it is.

The release is silent on the matter of, um, costumes.




[Last modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 3:58pm]


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