Built in 1926 by architect John Eberson back when beautiful movie palaces stood like temples all across the country, the Tampa Theatre came upon tough times in the ‘70s as Tampa residents began leaving the city for the ‘burbs. But the Arts Council of Hillsborough County refused to let this historic landmark die and took over the Tampa Theatre’s management, screening films and scheduling performances and special events.
The renovated theater continues to dazzle patrons with its Mediterranean-themed interior and a ceiling that creates the illusion of a nighttime sky full of stars, and in 2007 the Tampa Theatre was honored by its inclusion on Life’s list of “America’s 21 Wonders”. The Tampa’s entertainment wonders include screenings of independent features, documentaries, and foreign films, appearances by comedians like Roseanne and Carrot Top, and concerts by musicians such as Annie Lennox, Joan Baez, and Harry Connick, Jr.
Tampa Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Good (Accessible by HART bus lines)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Yes
- Performances/Programs: The theater screens independent and documentary films in addition to hosting live music and comedy events
- Admission: Varies by program.