Six holiday movies to see at Tampa Theatre this Christmas season

Tampa Theatre has released the lineup for its annual Holiday Classics series, including “Elf,” “A Christmas Story” and “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
Published November 20 2018
Updated November 20 2018

After retreating to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park during the historic theater’s restoration in 2017, holiday classics are returning to the big screen inside Tampa Theatre this month.

The annual holiday film series runs for five Sundays, starting Nov. 25 with 1947’s Miracle on 34th Street. Santa Claus will be in the theater lobby starting at 2 p.m. that day to pose for free photos.

This year’s fan pick, selected through a public vote, was A Christmas Story, which beat out Polar Express and the inexplicable Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

It’s a Wonderful Life, per usual, will run for a full week from Dec. 14 to 20.

Meanwhile on Nov. 23 the theater will bridge the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas season with a 10:30 p.m. screening of the 1987 comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring Steve Martin and John Candy. That film is part of the theater’s occasional Rewind series of late night, offbeat movies.

Tickets for all screenings are $10.

The theater will also be hosting a food drive for Metropolitan Ministries during the film series, and is encouraging visitors to bring along non perishable food items to donate.

Here’s the full schedule:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), 10:30 p.m. Nov. 23

Miracle on 34th Street (1947), 3 p.m. Nov. 25

A Christmas Story (1983), 3 p.m. Dec. 2

Elf (2003), 3 p.m. Dec. 9

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 19 and 20

White Christmas (1954), 3 p.m. Dec. 23

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