Come join FCCP and photograph the inside of the historic Tampa Theatre on August 7th at 10 AM.
Tampa Theatre’s facilities include a 1,238-seat auditorium and lobby. Designed by famed theater architect John Eberson and built by Paramount Pictures, Tampa Theatre opened on Oct. 15, 1926 as one of America’s most elaborate movie palaces and a beloved community landmark. Visitors to the Theatre enjoy world-class entertainment under a realistic night sky with twinkling stars, in a romantic Mediterranean courtyard replete with old-world statues, flowers, and gargoyles.
For decades, Tampa Theatre remained a jewel at the center of the city’s cultural landscape as generations of patrons stole their first kisses in the balcony, followed the world through the newsreels and grew up coming to the Theatre week after week. Tampa Theater was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and is a Tampa City Landmark when the designation was created in 1988. It is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.
Today, the Theatre is managed by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation. As one of the most heavily utilized venues of its kind in the United States, Tampa Theatre’s single auditorium hosts more than 600 events each year, including a full schedule of first-run and classic films, concerts, special events, corporate events, tours and educational programs. Since its rescue, the Theatre has welcomed more than 5 million visitors to downtown Tampa — including 1 million school children for field trips and summer camps — all within the context of one of Tampa’s largest historic preservation projects.
A catapult for the imagination since 1926, the nonprofit Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected historic landmark and one of America’s best-preserved examples of grand movie palace architecture. Its mission is to protect, preserve and program the Theatre as a creative film and cultural center for our community.
The Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, which is housed in the theater, is a magnificent 1,400-pipe organ, originally installed to accompany silent films when the Tampa Theatre opened in 1926. As “talkies” took over in the early 1930s, the organ was retired and eventually sold to Bayshore Baptist church. In the 1980s, the Theatre enlisted the help of volunteers from The Central Florida Theatre Organ Society (CFTOS) to reacquire and reinstall the Mighty Wurlitzer in its original home. Tampa Theatre also hosts a number of guest organists each year for concerts and special silent film events.
- Originally published and paraphrased from Tampa Theatre online information.
We will meet in front of the Theatre, parking is on the street. Join us after the shoot for lunch at one of the local downtown restaurants.
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