Purple Rain: Free Community Screening

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Purple Rain (1984) stars the inimitable Prince as the Kid, a rock star still in the early days of his rise as frontman of a hot new band. Music, as it is for so many, is an escape from his tumultuous reality — his father is an abusive alcoholic, his mother is distant and unfeeling, his home is a wreck. He meets Apollonia, an aspiring singer (and real-life protégé of his), and starts up a romance. But their magnetic attraction to each other isn't enough to overcome the Kid's echoes of his father's destructive behavior, and a merciless musical rival (Morris Day, also playing himself) steps into the turmoil to steal away everything the Kid cares about.

It's not so much that Purple Rain is autobiographical, necessarily; Prince was notoriously private, and the reality of the role may not even be relevant. Prince developed the story himself, and we know he used pieces of his own life: his bands The Revolution and The Time; his musical comrades Morris Day and Apollonia; his beginnings in Minnesota at the First Avenue club; a harsh, demanding musician for a father. But while the notoriously private Prince plays a fictionalized version of himself, the real story of Purple Rain is the astonishing, transfixing performance of Prince the real person. He wasn't the strongest actor, but true to his name he is regal — you simply cannot take your eyes off of Prince from the moment he walks on screen. He gives himself up fully to a role that is at turns both furiously ugly and beatific.

We will never again see another musician, another artist, another person like Prince. His talent, his self-confidence, and his total commitment to personal expression changed everything, and his influence helped hundreds of thousands of people to find the strength to change the world in their own ways. All around the world, people touched by his creativity and grieving his loss are paying tribute to him in a multitude of ways. Here at Tampa Theatre, our way is, as always, through the interface of community and art. We are proud to offer a screening of Purple Rain, free and open to the public.

No tickets are required, but guests are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Media support is provided by WRBQ Q105 FM
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