April 17, 2012, Clearwater, FL - The Capitol Classics film series has teamed up with Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine to curate a family movie series that will delight moviegoers young and old alike. The series is designed to bring parents' favorite childhood movies to the big screen to share with their kids, for the ultimate family movie experience where kids can feel free to wiggle and giggle. Screenings will be held Saturday afternoons at 3 pm. Tickets for all Tampa Bay Parenting Family Movie Series films are on sale now with tickets priced at $5 for all screenings.
The series kicks off on June 2 with a 30th Anniversary screening of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg the film stars Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas and tells the story of Elliott (Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the extraterrestrial return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government. Critics have acclaimed the film as a timeless story of friendship and it consistently tops lists as one of the greatest science fiction film ever made.
Another 80's classic The Princess Bride screens on June 30 starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Robin Wright. The Princess Bride is a classic fairy tale with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess and true love. The film has gained cult status and is widely cited as one of the most quoted films of all time.
The series continues on July 28 with The Wizard of OZ. Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Frank Morgan the film follows Dorothy (Garland) and her dog Toto as they are caught in a tornado's path and ends up in the Land of Oz, where she meets some memorable friends and foes on her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. The film is an icon of American cinema topping critics lists and touching the hearts of generations of moviegoers worldwide.
Rounding out the summer is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder on August 25. Having proven itself as a favorite film of children, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has transcended the family genre becoming a worldwide cult film phenomenon. There's a timeless appeal to Roald Dahl's classic novel, which was playfully preserved in this charming musical, originally released in 1971, from the colorful carnival-like splendor of its production design to the infectious melody of the Oompah-Loompah songs that punctuate the story.
In addition to sponsoring the event, Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine will host contests at the screenings for prize packs that will be fun for the whole family.
Tickets for all screenings are priced at $5 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.atthecap.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm. The Capitol Theatre Ticket Office opens one hour prior to showtime.
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Public parking near the Capitol Theatre is free on weekends and after 5 pm on weeknights.
The City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall have joined forces to renovate and revitalize the intimate Capitol Theatre located on downtown Clearwater's beautiful Cleveland Street. Constructed and established in 1921, this classic structure, complete with a large mezzanine and furnishings reminiscent of a classic Hollywood theater, is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state of Florida. In 2009, the Clearwater City Council designated the Capitol Theatre a historical landmark. The is the first such designation by the city. Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations.