Tampa Theatre

711 Franklin Street,
Tampa, FL 33672

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 15, 2011 at 12:14 am

Thanks Nick.Miss you.Terry and I are putting alot of theatres onFB.I enjoyed my TOUR of the Tampa, Guess you got the letter on the Miller.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on October 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm

The orchestra pit no longer exists. Sometime after the grand reopening in 1977 the stage that sat over the pit was completely torn out. It was replaced with the current stage which was constructed a little higher than the original one had been. It was also built outward at the center very slightly extending just a little more towards the audience.

I had a chance to see the orchestra pit after the stage had been torn out and the new one was being built. The floor of the pit had been excavated and enlarged somewhat. The huge beams that support the stage now sit in the foundation of what was once the orchestra pit.

You can see both stages under the photos tab. The first two photos show the screen that sat on the old stage. Compare these photo with the more recent one showing the current stage without the screen. Notice how the stage is slighlty higher and extends a little more outward at the center.

Patsy
Patsy on October 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

When I was at the Tampa Theatre I didn’t know that there had been an orchestra pit though realize now that a theatre of that era would most certainly have had one. Do hope plans are made to uncover that area and use it once again as an orchestra pit for live productions!

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on October 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm

The early photo’s show a orchestra pit, but now it appears it has been covered over with a stage thrust. When was that done and I wonder if there are any plans to uncover it? Georgious theatre…

jonathan2000
jonathan2000 on August 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm

than mumble mouth Brando in the “Godfather”,Hands down.Glad i decide to check out the Tampa,got any more Goodies? Sabila Para Adelgazar

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Chaz,I loved my visit.Grabbed a few T-shirts,the movie you guys were playing was a sing along to “Mary Poppins',I couldn’t handle that but it was a great tour,thanks for all you do for the folks in Tampa.

ChazBender
ChazBender on May 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I have an extra special regard for the Tampa Theatre as I am blessed to be able to play the magnificent WurliTzer theatre organ before some of the movies. Sitting at the organ console and riding it up through the stage opening with the multicolord spot lights shining on it is a fantastic rush. To realize that I am sitting on the same organ bench that some of the most famous theatre organists including our beloved Rosa Rio has sat, playing it is an honor. The organ is carefully and lovingly cared for by the Central Florida Theatre Organ Society members. If you have not yet paid a visit to the “Tampa” as we call her, you must come.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 11, 2011 at 1:43 am

April 7 1963.The Tampa Theatre is finishing a long run on"COME FLY WITH ME".Coming next was “THE BIRDS”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm

You know Nick. Lord Willing I really do want to get back down there,Most likely just me the next time.I would love to see 2001 there.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on March 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I visisted the Polk several years ago and was lucky enough to have been given the grand tour by the projectionist himself. The main seating level is slightly larger than the Tampa although the theatre itself is not quite as elegant but comes very close. The booth had just been cleaned and repainted and still had the old set-up with two projectors that had recently been refurbished and cleaned. The top and lower magazines where still in place and both machines were massive looking. Last I heard the Polk continues to run classic films every so often. Trivia: Elvis performed onstage at the Polk in the late 1950s. Mike, If you ever make it back down a visit to the Polk is in store for you!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Okay,Nick if i am ever down there again lets go to the Polk.I think you have sent me pictures from your many visits.

Patsy
Patsy on March 29, 2011 at 3:09 am

The Polk Theatre in Lakeland FL is a must-see as is the restored Athens Theatre in Deland FL.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2011 at 3:05 am

thanks Nick,great article,Reynolds was right that pose might have cost him an Oscar.He was was better in “Deliverance” than mumble mouth Brando in the “Godfather”,Hands down.Glad i decide to check out the Tampa,got any more Goodies?

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on March 26, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Burt Reynolds attends showing of “SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT” on Wednesday evening, March 23rd.
Here’s a link to the article:
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jonathan200
jonathan200 on March 22, 2011 at 2:43 am

Ithink I might have a picture of you,If you have long hair and a beard.Nick snapped a picture of a booth and I thought he said it was the Tampa.The guy in the picture had a headset on as if they were waiting on cues. como bajar de peso en una semana

ERD
ERD on December 19, 2010 at 11:07 pm

The Tamapa is a stunning looking theatre. I am so glad this movie palace was spared. The organ sounds wonderful. To attend The Tampa theatre is a wonderful experience for all ages.

BhillH20
BhillH20 on November 5, 2010 at 7:50 pm

That phrase was from architect S Charles Lee out here in Los Angeles.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I believe he also said “The show begins at the sidewalk”

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Patsy,that quote was “We sell tickets to theatres not movies”

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on November 5, 2010 at 4:46 am

I’ve never seen this one before…very nice! Thanks Chuck.

Patsy
Patsy on September 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm

What was the famous Marcus Loew quote? And yes, major cities that didn’t save their movie palaces should see this very eloquent and exquisite “cinema treasure”.

ZiegfeldMan
ZiegfeldMan on September 5, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Down here from NYC, visiting,and went to the Tampa last night—absolutely exquisite. Thank heaven this polace was saved, a true model of a real palace, with lights in the heavens. Other cities should learn from this. Saw a great film-“Farewell” This is what Marcus Loew meant by his famous quote!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patsy
Patsy on August 9, 2010 at 1:54 am

Chuck: What a wonderful photo. The sky was so blue that day! Thanks for posting!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Ithink I might have a picture of you,If you have long hair and a beard.Nick snapped a picture of a booth and I thought he said it was the Tampa.The guy in the picture had a headset on as if they were waiting on cues.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 31, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Oh,Mike You guys were playing “MARY POPPINS” sing-a-long that afternoon. Given anything to had 2001 on that afternoon.I can’t handle musicals or Sing-a-longs.Great Theatre.Bought several MEGAPLEX T-Shirts!