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Clearwater to get an early glimpse at 'Dolphin Tale 2'

Hope, left, and Winter work with trainers at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2012. Hope is also featured in the sequel.

JIM DAMASKE | Times (2012)

Hope, left, and Winter work with trainers at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2012. Hope is also featured in the sequel.

As with any sequel, Dolphin Tale 2 is repeating what worked the first time around.

The makers of the Dolphin Tale sequel announced Thursday that the continuing adventures of Winter the tail-less dolphin will have a local premiere at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, the same spot the hit movie premiered in 2011 after it was filmed in Pinellas County.

Dolphin Tale 2 will debut Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m., two days before opening in theaters nationwide.

Tickets range from $25 to $150 and are on sale now at seewinter.com, the website for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where Winter resides. A blue carpet entrance begins at 5 p.m. but as yet none of the movie's biggest stars — Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd — are confirmed to attend.

Winter, of course, is homebound but closed-circuit greetings from the aquarium worked before, so a sequel seems in order.

Dolphin Tale is a family film inspired by the true story of a young dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap but was nursed back to health. Winter became a symbol for thousands of veterans and kids who use prosthetic arms or legs. The heart-warming story has earned more than $95 million at the box office.

Clearwater to get an early glimpse at 'Dolphin Tale 2' 08/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 15, 2014 12:37pm]
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