Mike and I traveled to Tampa, FL for the first time and, as we always do, search for unique sights to experience. We are all about the Adventure!
There is one stop that we made that I could not help but fall in love with! Mike found a theatre in the heart of downtown called the Tampa Theatre that had a favorite classic movie of mine playing while we were visiting. This was no ordinary theatre however, this was something very special.
The Tampa Theatre opened in 1926 as a screening for silent pictures. They even have an organ, the original one in fact, built into the stage that was used to play the music for those old films. Nowadays, the Theatre plays host to many different events, including first-run films, concerts and film series including a Summer Classic series, special Halloween classics and Christmas classics. They also offer tours, including information on the haunted past of the theatre.
Mike and I saw one of the last Summer Classics of the year, Casablanca. It is one of my favorite old films and seeing it not only in the theater but with others who laugh and cry at the appropriate moments was something special!
They sell different snacks before the films, including alcoholic beverages that you may take into the theatre with you. When you visit, if possible try to get a seat on the balcony!
For those guests with disabilities, the main floor of the lobby is barrier free with special wheelchair-accessible seating on the left and right orchestra sections and ADA accessible restrooms. Any guests with hearing impairments may receive assistive listening devices free of charge from the concession stand. The second floor is currently inaccessible to guest with disabilities however their website says that there are more accommodations planned in the future.
To learn more about this amazing theatre and when different show are running, visit tampatheatre.org for details.