Tampa Theatre Preservation Receives $500,000 Gift

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on April 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm

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Building on what has been a successful year of fundraising for the nonprofit Tampa Theatre, the majestic movie palace is the proud recipient of a half-million dollar gift from the family of Theatre Board Member Anne Arthur Pittman, including her husband, Drew Pittman; her father and stepmother, Tom and Dixie Arthur; her mother and stepfather, Bretta Arthur Sullivan and The Honorable Don Sullivan; and her sister and brother-in-law, Tready and Thayer Smith.

To properly and fully restore the historic landmark, its needs total more than $10 million. So while the $500,000 family gift is earmarked for restoration, it will be used in the short term to unlock matching grants, which require the receiving organization to match the amount of the grant 1:1 in order to receive the funds.

“The growth and revitalization of our downtown right now is exciting, and the fact that Tampa has this gorgeous, glamorous 90-year-old theater right middle of it all is amazing,” says Pittman. “I am proud to be part of the campaign to restore the Tampa Theatre so that my future grandchildren can sit in the same theater where my own grandmother, Peggy, sat as a child.”

Enjoy a 360 view of the theatre and read more about the renovations on the Tampa Theatre website: http://tampatheatre.org/press/tampa-theatre-to-receive-half-million-dollar-gift-supporting-restoration-of-historic-building/

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ABOUT THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA: Founded by Ben Hall in 1969, the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) celebrates, documents and promotes the architectural, cultural and social relevance of America’s historic theatres. Through its preservation of the collections in the American Theatre Architecture Archive, its signature publication Marquee™ and Conclave Theatre Tour, THS increases awareness, appreciation and scholarly study of America’s theatres.

Learn more about historic theatres in the THS American Theatre Architecture Archives and on our website at historictheatres.org

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