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Summer movie series continue on both sides of the bay

Bill DeYoung



Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" (1972), screening July 31 at Tampa Theatre. Paramount Pictures.

As part of a decades-old tradition, summertime brings a plethora of classic films back to local screens, at reasonable prices. Although the City of St. Petersburg’s “Movies in the Park” waterfront series ended in May – it’s just too hot now – there are still opportunities for movie buffs, cinephiles and family units to enjoy some good ‘ol titles indoors on a large screen.

Jeff Goldblum, “The Fly” (1986). 20th Century Fox.

Greenlight Cinema, 221 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg: The Fly (the creepy Jeff Goldblum remake directed by David Cronenberg) buzzes onto the screen July 23, followed by Casablanca (Aug. 7) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Aug. 14).

Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach: The Beach Theatre, which is currently undergoing restoration and renovation, hit a home run with its Judy Garland film series in June. It may be a steamy summer, but the Beachers are talking about continuing the Horan Park screenings into next month and beyond. Details are expected very soon.

Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater: Tonight (July 16) it’s the Eddie Murphy/Nick Nolte comedy 48 Hours; then comes The Dark Crystal (July 24), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (July 30), An Officer and a Gentleman (Aug. 5), Victor/Victoria (Aug. 6) and Annie (Aug. 7). You may have noticed a theme to these titles – they were all released 40 years ago, in 1982.

Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. The grandaddy of them all is this venerable movie palace’s Summer Classic Series. Titles forthcoming: The Wizard of Oz (this Sunday, July 17); Rear Window (July 24), The Godfather (July 31), Blazing Saddles (Aug. 7), All That Jazz (Aug. 14), Casablanca (Aug. 20 and 21) and the silent films The Cameraman and One Week (Aug. 28).

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