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To honor Gene Wilder, Tampa Theatre to host free screening of 'Willy Wonka'

Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, died this week of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83. 
Warner Bros.

Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, died this week of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83. Warner Bros.

Heartbroken fans of Gene Wilder will commiserate Sept. 10 when the historic Tampa Theatre hosts a free screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

"A true film legend, he elevates every scene and every movie he's in, and the world is a little less cheerful without him in it," the theater's announcement said.

The 1971 film that threw fans into a world of pure imagination will be shown on the big screen in the old movie palace at 2 p.m.

Willy Wonka is a dark movie in its own candy-colored way," the announcement said, "intended to teach some stern (if funny) lessons about bad behavior. But who can stay mad at Gene Wilder? Who, when he yells at you to leave his office, isn't already anticipating his gentle call back in? And who doesn't want more than anything to pass his test?"

Doors will open at 1 p.m. No tickets are required, but patrons are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited at 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

To honor Gene Wilder, Tampa Theatre to host free screening of 'Willy Wonka' 08/30/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:19pm]
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