'1984' coming to Tampa Theatre for Rewind series relaunch
Sales of George Orwell's dystopian 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four have soared in the past few months.
According to the Associated Press, one edition of the book has seen sales jump by 10,000 percent since President Donald Trump's adviser Kellyanne Conway went on TV in January and used the term "alternative facts," drawing immediate comparisons to the kind of government manipulation described in Orwell's fiction.
Interested, but don't have time to read the book? Well, you can do what a lot of high school kids probably did when it was assigned in English class, and try to get by with the film adaptation,1984.
The 1984 film starring John Hurt and Richard Burton is coming to the Tampa Theatre on March 20 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the theater's Rewind series. Tickets are $7.
It's an unusual "prime time" edition of Rewind, which normally takes place at 10:30 p.m. on select Friday nights. Rewind showcases cult classics, nostalgia flicks and sometimes offbeat movies that fall outside the theater's normal "classics" programming. Since launching the series a year ago, they've offered up late-night screenings of Road House, Bloodsport, They Live, Clueless, Ghost In the Shell and the gloriously terrible The Room — often referred to as the "Citizen Kane of bad movies."
Next up after 1984 will be a March 24 screening of another dystopian sci-fi film from the '80s, Brazil.
The announcement of the 1984 screening kicks off a new fundraising effort for the Rewind series, which includes incentives ranging from free admission to helping the theater choose an upcoming Rewind movie, depending on how much people donate.
The theater said it hopes to raise $10,000 so it can collaborate with local artists and creatives to create promos, commemorative posters and giveaways around the Rewind screenings, and create more of a "party atmostphere" in the lobby before the movies. A portion of the money would also go toward showing Rewind titles on 35mm film, "to preserve the legacy of the medium," the theater said.