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To mourn Prince, Tampa Theatre offers free screening of 'Purple Rain'

Devastated fans of Prince can gather at Tampa Theatre on April 30 when the historic movie house hosts a free screening of Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain.

"Yesterday, the world lost a larger-than-life legend when the vibrant pop icon Prince died at the age of 57," the theater said in a news release.

Purple Rain was Prince's first movie, and he won an Oscar for the score. The movie, the single and the album all hit No. 1, cementing his arrival as a legend.

The film stars Prince as the Kid, a rock star still in the early days of his rise as frontman of a hot new band. He has a romance with Apollonia, an aspiring singer (and Prince's real-life protege), and a merciless musical rival Morris Day, also playing himself.

Prince wasn't the best actor, but the solid music sequences helped the film earn nearly $70 million at the box office, almost 10 times what it cost.

Doors will open at 8 p.m. April 30 for the 9 p.m. screening. No tickets are required, but the theater encouraged patrons to arrive early as seating is limited at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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