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Tampa Theatre reopening for in-person movies

The historic theatre will welcome live audiences again, with some limits.
Tampa Theatre went dark due to the coronavirus in March 2020. It will reopen March 11 for a one-movie test run.
Tampa Theatre went dark due to the coronavirus in March 2020. It will reopen March 11 for a one-movie test run. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Feb. 22
Updated Feb. 25

Tampa Theatre will reopen to the public on March 11, exactly one year to the day after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The historic downtown theater will limit capacity to 200 people per screening inside its 1,200-seat auditorium and will require temperature checks and masks to enter.

Guests will order snacks from their seats via an app and will receive a notification when they’re ready to pick up in the lobby to eliminate gathering.

The first film to return to light up the screen will be The Father, a new, Golden Globe-nominated drama starring Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins.

“Nobody has wanted to get this building back open more than we have,” Tampa Theatre president and CEO John Bell said in a statement. “We are cautiously optimistic that the time is right, but The Father will be our test balloon to see whether our audiences are ready to come back. What we see over these two weekends will determine what we do next.”

Before the pandemic, Tampa Theatre normally had “more than 700 show times a year,” a news release said.

Showtimes for The Father are 7:30 p.m. March 11, 12, 18 and 19, 4 and 7:30 p.m. March 13 and 20 and 3 and 6:30 p.m. March 14 and 21. Tickets are available for purchase online only at tampatheatre.org/movie/the-father/.