Even though movie theaters can open, Tampa Theatre has elected to keep patrons and staff safe and remain closed for now. Since March 24, the theater has been holding a virtual film festival. Recently, 17 art house films were added to the list of films available for streaming at home.
New movies are expected to be added weekly.
“Even as we creep toward reopening in some way, shape or form, we do intend to keep programming virtual titles as long as they are available to us, and as long as a segment of our patrons feel safer watching at home,” said Jill Witecki, director of marketing and community relations at the historic theater.
To watch films, register at tampatheatre.org. Films are booked without an end date, but most are available for up to five weeks. A portion of the proceeds from every rental benefits Tampa Theatre.
The new lineup includes:
- You Don’t Nomi (92 minutes): The 2020 documentary looks at the cult following of the 1995 film flop Showgirls. $9.99.
- Surrogate (93 minutes): In this new drama, the relationship of a gay male couple and their baby’s surrogate mother is tested after questionable results of a prenatal test. $12.
- Sometimes Always Never (91 minutes): A man struggles to find the right words to bring about family healing in this 2020 comedy. $12.
- My First and Last Film (69 minutes): The 2020 documentary follows a woman shooting a film of her life. In the end, she is forced to choose between finishing the film or grieving the impending death of her friend. $9.99.
- Aviva (116 minutes): The gender fluid drama tells the love story of a young Parisian and a New Yorker. $12.
- Runner (88 minutes): In the 2020 documentary, a young refugee struggles to compete in the Olympics without representing his birth country. $12.
- Miss Juneteenth (103 minutes): The 2020 drama follows a former Miss Juneteenth winner as she cultivates her daughter to also take the title, even though she doesn’t want it. $12.
- Quarantine Cat Film Festival (70 minutes): A compilation of cat videos created during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis. $12.
- The Audition (99 minutes): The 2020 drama tells the story of a violin instructor who neglects her life for the benefit of a student, who fails his audition test. Filmed in German and French with English subtitles. $12.
- House of Hummingbird (138 minutes): In the 2020 drama, a teenage Korean girl moves through life in search of its sweet side. Filmed in Korean with English subtitles. $12.
- Beats (101 minutes): The 2019 comedy tells the Scottish story of friendship, rebellion and the power of music. $12.
- The Last Tree (98 minutes): In the 2020 Sundance Film Festival favorite drama, a young Nigerian man returns to his home country to regain his roots after growing up in London. $10.
- All I Can Say (102 minutes): The 2020 documentary in which Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself up until a few hours before his death at the age of 28. $12.
- Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (90 minutes): The 2018 biography traces the singer’s life from being a 15-year-old street kid who won a talent contest, to stardom. $12.
- One Small Step (84 minutes): This family-friendly 2020 animated film is actually a compilation of 12 short animated films. $7.99.
- A Regular Woman (90 minutes): The 2018 drama gives a glimpse into the life of a free-spirited young woman living with an ultra-conservative Turkish Muslim family in Berlin. $10.
- Denise Ho: Becoming the Song (83 minutes): The 2020 documentary profiles the openly gay singer and Hong Kong human rights activist. $12.