Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Tampa to show midnight horror movies in the park

Calling all cult movie fans and insomniacs, Tampa is bringing a "Scream on the Green" midnight movies series to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park this summer with horror favorites that will have your date leaping into your lap, starting with The Shining.

Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece starring Jack Nicholson's creepy stare, right, will be June 21 to begin the series, which will run the third Friday of each month through Aug. 16.

"This is a unique way to do movies in the park," said Kitty Lyons, executive director of the Friends of Tampa Recreation, noting that no other parks in the area are doing midnight horror movies. "This is something that Tampa can call its own."

The cult classic Dawn of the Dead will be shown on July 19 and The Exorcist will haunt your dreams on Aug. 16.

Considering the nature of the films, the city in a news release points out that Scream on the Green is intended for adults and may not be suitable for those under 18.

Concessions including kettle corn, roasted nuts, lemonade, snow cones, cotton candy and more will be available to purchase. Wicked Witches food truck will also be on site. Low back chairs, coolers and leashed dogs are allowed. Alcohol not permitted.

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

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