Black Love Classic Movies Series – The Wiz

For nearly a century, Tampa Theatre has been a gathering place, bringing people together in the heart of downtown Tampa. Community bonds, fast friendships, and even love affairs have all been born out of illuminating, shared experiences at the majestic movie palace.

In that grand tradition, Tampa Theatre is proud to announce the return of the Black Love Classic
Movie Series, presented by TECO. For its second season, the series will center around the theme
“Home is Where the Heart Is.” These four films – chosen in collaboration with the City of Tampa’s
Community Engagement & Partnerships Department – explore journeys of discovery and the roads
that lead back, as told by Black filmmakers and diverse casts.

Doors open at 2:00 p.m. The film screening begins at 3:00 p.m.

Join us before the show for a special appearance by Sonya Bryson-Kirksey, co-founder of
the Sonni Reading Project and the voice of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will share a
favorite children’s book LIVE on stage at 2:30pm.

WEDU and the Tampa Theatre invites guests to donate a copy of their favorite children’s book to benefit young readers in our community and dress as their favorite storybook characters to participate in fun photo ops and a pre-film costume parade after Mayor Jane Castor welcomes the crowd and officially kicks off the Black Love Classics Series.

Guests attending Black Love Classics Series films are invited to raise a glass for
good, courtesy of series sponsor Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. The company – which is founded,
owned and led by a Black woman, and is named after the first known African American master
distiller, Nearest Green – will donate a dollar for each Old Fashioned cocktail sold in a pledge to
raise up to $1 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

(For more information on the nationwide Uncle Nearest HBCU Old Fashioned Challenge, visit

TICKETS for the Black Love series are $10 ($7 for Tampa Theatre Members) and are available at the
historic Franklin Street Box Office and online at
The Black Love Classics Series is presented by TECO,