Family Favorite Series at The Tampa Theatre – The Princess Bride

April 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

{Disclosure: My family was invited to come to the Tampa Theatre for a tour and showing of The Princess Bride for free. All opinions are my own.}

A few months ago Jill Witecki, the marketing director for the Tampa Theatre, asked my Tampa Bay Bloggers group for our suggestions for “family favorite” movies.

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A new Sunday matinee series was in the works for the Tampa Theatre and it launched last weekend!

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I don’t know how much weight our suggestions were given, but I know that one of my suggestions made the list…The Princess Bride!

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Check out the line up for the next six Sundays:

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Our family was invited to come tour the historic theater and watch The Princess Bride. Somehow I had never been to the Tampa Theatre before, and The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorites, so I was happy to accept the invitation!

The Tampa Theatre was built in 1926 as one of America’s most elaborate “movie palaces”. It was a place where for ten cents the common person could escape into a fantasy land of opulence for two hours, see first class entertainment, and be treated like royalty by uniformed platoons of ushers and attendants.

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In the early 1970’s the theater faced possible demise, but the efforts of the community and some generous patrons saved it.

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It is now on the National Register of Historic Places, is managed by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation, and is a true piece of history.

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The tour was very interesting.

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State of the art technology:

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The men’s smoking lounge (smoking was permitted in the theater until the 1980’s):

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Even the restrooms were cool.

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The boys chose our seats and decided we should sit in the balcony.

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We were treated to some pre-show entertainment by the Tampa Theatre Mighty Wurlitzer which rose out of a hole in the stage.

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The organist was fantastic, playing many favorite “sing-along” songs including some Randy Newman who we love so much.

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Then it was time for The Princess Bride! It was just as awesome as I remembered and it was so cool to see it on the big screen again. The boys were mesmerized and I was glad they got to see it for the first time in this setting. We are huge Mandy Patinkin fans and after watching his broad career over the TWENTY-FIVE years since The Princess Bride, it was great to see him in his earlier years again. We loved him in Dead Like Me and are obsessed with Homeland. Chad is a big fan of his music also.

We had a great time at the Tampa Theatre and I know you will also! They do 90 minute tours of the theater twice a month and shorter tours before shows. Be sure to check out some of the rest of the movies coming up in the Family Favorites series.

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Cya!

The Glow Run 5K Recap

January 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Last night we packed up a picnic dinner and headed downtown for The Glow Run 5K. We set up in Pioneer Park right next to Al Lang Stadium and ate chicken wings that Chad had prepared.

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After getting all of our glow on (about 100 glow sticks, I think), we headed over towards The Dali Museum and the starting line.

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There were tons of people down there and everyone seemed to be having a good time.

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We jumped in not too far behind the starting line and found my friends Charlotte and Ali who were also there with their friends and families.

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I also saw my friend Jenny and several other people we knew. I love this community!

As we were walking to the start we heard some young woman remark, “This is the kind of event you get a babysitter for.” Whatever clueless 20-something. I’m sure everyone will be much appreciative if she always leaves HER kids at home. As for us, we love doing these events as a family.

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As the sky darkened the crazy glowing crowd looked amazing.

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I am so appreciative of my husband and boys who are happy and willing to do these events with me.

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Gangnam style.

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And we’re off!

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Some people were amazingly creative or just extremely enthusiastic with the glow sticks.

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They had a few black light zones along the course, but I wish there had been more. The black light zones were kind of lame.

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We walked all through the USF St. Pete campus.

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The boys turned it into a 5K obstacle course.

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Almost back to the finish line…

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I think we did the 5K in around 50 minutes according to Chad’s calculations. I should have worn my Garmin but I forgot. He walked and the boys and I walk/ran to keep up with him.

We got our medals!

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The medals were really cool.

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They glow in the dark!

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The after-party was just okay. They had a DJ and a beer tent, but the line was extremely long and Chad decided it wasn’t worth it. I thought that the after-party would have lots of black light, but that didn’t seem to be the case. We didn’t stay too long.

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The obstacle course continued on our walk back to the car.

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On the ride home we de-glowed ourselves.

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Once home Cal and Mack constructed a glow-stick rope.

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There was a moment when we were cracking all the glow sticks that Cal got glow juice in his eye and freaked out. Chad rinsed it out with water and he was fine, but apparently that stuff really stings! The experience didn’t turn him off of glow sticks forever, though.

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I guess our garbage can was glowing all night.

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We had a great time and really enjoyed the event. We already have a couple more races on the calendar that we are doing as a family. Can’t wait!

p.s. I’m sure it’s way to early to credit the Whole30, but I had no hip pain last night and today my hip feels great as well. The last time I walk/ran just two miles I was limping around in pain all the next day. I’m hopeful!