Tampa Theatre teases presents with free screening of 'Elf'

Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in Elf.
Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in Elf.
Published Nov. 17, 2016

After 90 years on Santa's "nice list," Tampa Theatre is getting shiny new presents and sharing them with moviegoers.

One catch: The gifts come with a tag reading "do not open until Dec. 14."

That's when the historic movie palace will present a free screening of Will Ferrell's holiday classic Elf, plus details of what's inside the gift box.

Tampa Theatre's media release about the event included a subtle clue, with the headline: "You're going to want to sit down for this," and photographs of Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, crammed into a classroom desk and sitting on Bob Newhart's Santa Claus lap.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with hot cocoa and cookies in the lobby, followed by announcements and the movie at 7.

Guests are asked to visit and click "buy tickets" to print their free admission vouchers to guarantee entry.