13 Aug Classic Entertainment Showcased at Tampa’s Most Endearing Historical Theatre
Tampa’s Downtown-Channel District is an eclectic neighborhood of endless entertainment and rich history, all just a short stroll from Elevé 61. In fact, one of the city’s most iconic and historic landmarks is located just minutes away – the Tampa Theatre.
This beloved movie palace’s illustrious history began in 1925. It provided Tampa’s citizens with some of their cinematic experiences for a ticket price of only 25 cents, and the elaborate structure designed by the renowned architect John Eberson remained the crown jewel of Downtown Tampa for many years. However, times changed in the 1950s as television’s popularity soared to new heights and people began flocking from the city into the suburbs. This all-new technology and population migration to the suburbs hurt ticket sales at the Theatre.
In 1973, the Tampa Theatre was suffering the same fate as many theatres all across America. Fortunately, local residents recognized the exquisite movie palace as a landmark and rallied to support the theatre in its time of need. Boards and city leaders worked together and reached a deal that successfully preserved one of America’s most ornate and imaginative movie palaces. Today, the Tampa Theatre remains under the protection and management of the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation.
The Theatre hosts more than 600 events each year. Visitors can choose from an array of classic films, concerts, speaker series, annual fundraisers, corporate events, and guided tours… all under a “realistic night sky with twinkling stars, in a romantic Mediterranean courtyard replete with old-world statues, flowers, and gargoyles” (Tampa Theatre). Before the nightly screenings, the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ is played for the audience’s enjoyment. The 1,400-pipeinstrument dates back to 1926, when it was originally installed to play music accompanying silent films, and is a beautiful homage to the movie palace’s long-standing history.
Through the remainder of the summer, locals and visitors alike can experience a selection of timeless films at the theatre as part of The Summer Classics Movie Series, presented by Bank of America. The series includes time-honored classics such as 9 to 5, Shawshank Redemption, The Silent Clowns, and Casablanca.
And don’t miss the Theatre’s next featured series this coming September, Sing-Along Sundays. Lively musicals such as The Sound of Music, Grease, The Greatest Showman, and Mary Poppins will be offered throughout the month. Find a full list of upcoming events at the Tampa Theatre here.
The Tampa Theatre is an iconic city landmark and beloved cinematic destination, only moments away from a luxurious address at Elevé 61. A limited offering of 61 Sky Residences from the $800,000s places residents in the heart of one of Downtown Tampa’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Sales Gallery is now accepting appointments. For more information, visit Eleve61.com or call (813) 296-2108.Back to Article List