Tampa Theatre; Where Stories Live
It is said that you cannot complete your trip to Tampa without going to watch a movie or play in the Tampa Theatre. That is why it is a huge tourist attraction. Tampa Theatre is situated in the Uptown District of Tampa in Florida. It is a city landmark and is also a historic U.S Theatre.
Let’s look at the history of this monumental theatre to know from where its journey started.
Historical Background and Cultural Significance
Tampa Theatre opened on 15 October 1926. At that time, it was the first commercial building that had an air-conditioned which proved to be a great appeal for the people. Further, as it was a movie palace and was accessible to common people, it was enormously popular. For several decades Tampa Theatre took the central position in Tampa’s cultural landscape. People came to have a good time, mingle with each other and to feel pampered by the uniformed attendants and ushers.
In the 1960s to 1970s, the business of the Tampa Theatre deteriorated to non-existence due to the construction of movie theatres in the suburbs. But at this time all the people of the city came to together to revive the theatre. The Arts Council of Hillsborough County agreed to manage the Tampa Theatre. Thus in1978 Tampa Theatre has opened again for the public. Further Tampa Theatre was also named in the National Register of Historic Places as a Tampa City landmark in 1978.
The architecture of Tampa Theatre
Tampa Theatre has Mediterranean Revival Architectural Style. It was designed by Mr. John Eberson as an atmospheric theatre style movie palace. Viewers come to see movies under a realistic night sky in a Mediterranean courtyard, which is replete with old-world statues, flowers, and gargoyles.
To maintain the original architecture and to upgrade the equipment, Tampa Theatre has undergone many restoration projects. When you visit the theatre you can see many changes done to the theatre yet, preserving the original essence of the theatre’s architectural style.
Modern Day Events
The mission of Tampa Theatre is to protect, preserve and program the theatre as a creative film and cultural center of the community. Tampa Theatre is now run by the non-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation. The auditorium of Tampa Theatre hosts more than 600 events each year which include a full schedule of the first run and classic films, concerts, special events, weddings, corporate events, tours and educational programs.
Some of the prominent actors that you may love and admire worked in the programmes held in Tampa Theatre are Ani DiFranco, Amos Lee, Miranda Cosgrove, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Phoebe Snow, Elvis Costello, Leon Russell, The Police, Genesis and many more.
Membership and Ticketing System
Tampa Theatre earns 60% of its annual budget through ticketing and concession income. The rest is collected through donations by Tampa Theatre Foundation where members tend to donate to keep the theatre accessible and affordable to the general public. The ticket of Tampa Theatre ranges from $7 to $12 depending on the age of the viewer i.e. child or adult. You can purchase the ticket through cash or credit card.
Tampa Theatre box office remains open on weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Some of the shows are featured in Tampa Theatre nowadays:
- Won’t you be my neighbor (2018)
- Strange Love (1964)
- Balcony Backstage Tours
- A Les Brown Experience
- The Perfect Storm
Tampa Theatre is a great tourist attraction due to its unique style of architecture and historical importance. It will be a great experience for you to go there and watch a show of your liking. Don’t forget to add visiting Tampa Theatre on your bucket list when you travel to Tampa City.