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Movie costumes star in new exhibit at Tampa Bay History Center


The Riddler's black crushed velvet pants and green sequined suit coat from Batman Forever.

Dan Aykroyd's jumpsuit, proton pack and utility belt from Ghostbusters II.

Harrison Ford's brown leather jacket from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

These are among more than 40 movie costumes and props included in a new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center.

"Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television" opens this weekend and runs through Jan. 7 at the downtown Tampa museum. It kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday with an intergalactic parade of Stormtroopers, Darth Vader and the Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters marching from the Tampa Marriott Waterside to the history center.

The exhibit is a departure from the museum's mission of showcasing Tampa Bay history and has no local connection. It instead seeks to draw pop culture fans who consider Star Wars, Terminator and other iconic films part of their personal roots and upbringing.

"We're trying something a little different,'' said marketing director Manny Leto. "We wanted to open things up and do exhibits that appeal to a bunch of different people.''

Displayed in glass cases and globes, the objects span several generations, from the Wicked Witch of the West's hat in The Wizard of Oz (1939) to T'Pol's uniform in the Star Trek Enterprise TV series (2003-04).

The exhibit comes from the EMP Museum in Seattle started by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who owns part of the collection. It was last in Florida in 2010 at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando. Nearly every piece is original, down to the gold tunic and sash worn by William Shatner in a 1967 Star Trek episode. Video montages projected on the walls show old super-hero shows and sci-fi movies.

Museum officials hope the exhibit attracts new visitors who will want to return. Just in time for Halloween, it might even inspire a few costumes. "This certainly has the potential for mass appeal,'' said Rodney Kite-Powell, the history center's curator. "Not every day you get to see this.''

Feel the force

"Out of This World" runs Saturday through Jan. 7 at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. The intergalactic parade of costumed characters starts at 1 p.m. in Cotanchobee/Fort Brooke Park and ends in the museum. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and youths 13 to 17 and $7 for children 4 to 12. Go to or call (813) 228-0097.

Movie costumes star in new exhibit at Tampa Bay History Center 09/27/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 11:47pm]
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