Tampa Theatre celebrating 90th birthday with 25-cent admission
Maybe they don't make movies like they used to, but Tampa Theatre movie tickets will roll back to silent era Hollywood prices when the historic venue celebrates its 90th birthday.
On Oct. 15, Tampa Theatre will present four acclaimed films paying tribute to cinema, each for 25 cents admission, which was the average ticket price in 1926 when the movie palace opened. Bust out a buck, and you can watch all four classics in a marathon, under the twinkling "stars," surrounded by the old world Mediterranean opulence designed by John Eberson.
The day begins at 11:45 a.m. with Martin Scorsese's Hugo, winner of five Academy Awards. Ben Kingsley stars as a 19th century toymaker who turns out to be pioneer French filmmaker Georges Melies, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz co-star.
Next comes 2011's The Artist, an almost entirely silent film set in Hollywood, that also won five Oscars including best picture and actor Jean Dujardin. Show time is 3:15 p.m.
At 7, a bona fide silent movie genius fills the screen. Buster Keaton's 1928 comedy The Cameraman will be shown, with Dr. Steven Ball performing his original score on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.
Wrapping up the day is 1989's Oscar winner for best foreign language film, Cinema Paradiso. It's the story of a Italian boy learning about life through the projection booth window of his village's movie theater, then growing up to become a filmmaker. Show time is 10:10 p.m., and Cinema Paradiso is shown with English subtitles.
Tickets are available only on Oct. 15 at the theater's box office, with only cash transactions. Anyone can rustle up a quarter; the Great Depression didn't start until three years after Tampa Theatre opened.