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Tampa Theatre's summer series celebrates classics new and old

Sorry, Iron Man, Jay Gatsby and Capt. Kirk. The summer movie season doesn't officially begin around these parts until Tampa Theatre's annual Summer Classics series begins. This year's lineup is ripe with cinematic anniversaries, starting June 2 with The Adventures of Robin Hood, which first buckled Errol Flynn's swash 75 years ago. Other anniversary celebrations include National Lampoon's Vacation (30th, June 16), From Russia with Love (50th, June 30), American Graffiti (40th, July 14), and the century celebration of the Keystone Kops short Bangville Police, showing Aug. 11 with Buster Keaton's The General and live accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. There are also such modern classics as Moulin Rouge! (July 21) and Jaws (Aug. 4) plus traditional selections Yankee Doodle Dandy (July 7), Gone with the Wind (Aug. 18) and two days of Casablanca (Aug. 24-25). The complete lineup is available at Shows start at 3 p.m. Tickets are $9 at the box office ($12 for The General). All except The General and National Lampoon's Vacation will be shown with Tampa Theatre's new digital projection system and the same comfy air conditioning. — Steve Persall, Times movie critic

Tampa Theatre's summer series celebrates classics new and old 05/17/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 11:26am]
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