711 Franklin Street,
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Tampa Theatre Online (Official)
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
News About This Theater
- Jul 2, 2014 — Stefanie Klavens' Celluloid Dreams
- Feb 22, 2012 — Hit the red carpet during Tampa Theatre's 'Oscar Night'
- Feb 17, 2012 — Old movie theaters find new life
- Oct 8, 2011 — Tampa Theatre: Still cool at 85
- May 17, 2010 — Famed theater organist Rosa Rio passes at 107
- Mar 5, 2008 — Airline Magazine by Ross Melnick features Historic Movie Theaters
- May 25, 2004 — Tampa Theatre Documentary Debuts
The Tampa Theatre opened by Publix/Consolidated Amusements Inc. on October 15, 1926 with Adolph Menjou in “The Ace of Cads”. It was designed by noted theatre architect John Eberson as a Florida Mediterranean Atmospheric style theatre. Audiences were transported to a lavish, romantic Mediterranean courtyard, replete with old world statuary, flowers and gargoyles. Over all is a night-time sky, replete with twinkling stars and floating clouds.
The Tampa Theatre ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ is a magnificent 3Manual/14Rank instrument which was opened by New York based organist Edward J. Weaver. It is maintained by the Central Florida Theater Organ Society.
In the 1940’s, the Tampa Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks. This wonderous movie palace almost faced the wrecking ball. After almost fifty years of top notch films, the Tampa Theatre was forced to eke out an existence by showing ‘B’ movies. By 1973, the Tampa Theatre was closed. People and government rallied to save the Tampa. The theatre was then donated to the city. In 1977, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places and reopened following an extensive restoration.
The Tampa Theatre presents art films, classic films, concerts and other performances. There are usually tours every month. Eberson’s magic lives on.
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