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Tampa Theatre will play 1925 'Phantom' with live organ music

All summer long, Tampa Theatre has been showing classic Hollywood movies, and the season is going really old school for its finale. On Sunday, the series closes with the silent film Phantom of the Opera from 1925 — accompanied with a live organ.

The historic movie house with its Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ was built in 1926, just a year after Phantom came out, as one of America's most elaborate movie palaces.

Designed by famed theater architect John Eberson, it is an example of his "atmospheric" style of design with a lavish, romantic Mediterranean courtyard, old-world statuary, flowers and gargoyles. Over it all is a realistic night sky filled with twinkling stars. If you are going to see an old movie, this is the way to see it.

The film screens at 3 p.m. Sunday and admission is $12, $10 children/seniors/members at the Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. Call (813) 274-8982 or see

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at Follow @SharonKWn.