Many thanks to JOHN LELECAS who shared this note with us about a recent showing of “From Here to Eternity” at the Tampa Theatre. John writes:
Great afternoon at the Tampa Theatre
Summer Sunday afternoons in Tampa mean classic movies at the Tampa Theatre. I was lucky to be in town on August 1st for the showing of the 1953 classic “From Here to Eternity”.
Doors opened at 2 for the 3:00 show, and people were lined up before the box office opened. TWO LINES at the old box office kiosk – can’t remember that happening before. I always wondered how often in the old days they actually used the 2 or 3 spaces at the kiosk.
Fresh popcorn and the usual refreshments drew a line that never dwindled until after the movie went on. Great system kept the line moving with 2 people taking orders and 3 others filling them.
At 2:40 the organ started to play and rise to applause from the growing audience. At 3 the organ descended – again to thunderous applause as well as “Hurrahs”, the lights dimmed, and the 1944 newsreel flashed on the red curtain.
From there it was magic – beautiful new prints – great sound – twinkling stars - and the wonder of over 1000 people laughing and gasping at the same time. Best of all for me was the great turnout filling the orchestra and the huge balcony to over 50%.
Would that other theatres and other communities could see the same success from these classic movie showings. The Tampa Theatre is by all means one of the best for programming that I’ve seen anywhere from Boston to Los Angeles.