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Dinner and Movie: It's a Wonderful Life

Come join fellow animal lovers as we enjoy dinner and a popular holiday film. "It's a Wonderful Life", the classic film of George Bailey (James Stewart) and his guardian angel, Clarence, has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the best 100 American films ever made and is number one on their list as the most inspirational American film of all time. The film is playing at the beautiful and historic Tampa Theatre which has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. On-street parking is free on weekends. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or in advance online -- We will meet between 7 and 7:15 pm in the lobby next to the Christmas tree.

For those who wish to meet for dinner before the movie, we will meet at Si-am Thai Restaurant next door to the Tampa Theatre at 6 pm. If you wish to join us for dinner, please specify that in your response so that we'll know how many seats to reserve at the restaurant.

After the film, for those who would like, we will walk to a few nearby parks in downtown Tampa to see their light displays. We will go to picturesque Lykes Gaslight Square Park to see the year-round light display, and then to Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to see the annual holiday light displays. Additionally, there are several buildings and bridges in downtown Tampa with attractive light art that we will pass along the way.

Finally, for those who still want to paint the town, we will then head over to the newly-restored Floridan Palace Hotel for drinks (including non-alcoholic beverage options.) Built in 1926, the Floridan is one of the few hotels in the Tampa Bay area that is on the National Register of Historic Places and in its heyday catered to the likes of Gary Cooper, Elvis Presley, Charlton Heston, Babe Ruth and Jimmy Stewart (yes, the same Jimmy Stewart of "It's a Wonderful Life.")

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