When Tampa Theatre first opened its doors on October 15, 1926, it represented so much more than a beautiful building for Tampa’s citizens to enjoy. In a very tangible way, Tampa Theatre represented faith in the future of our city.
Now, 90 years later, it is because of our shared experiences here at the Theatre that that faith is very much alive today. We can all feel proud that our community had the will and foresight to rescue Tampa Theatre when it was imperiled in the 1970s. We should be equally proud that our community has continued to support the Theatre’s mission and programming – as well as its continuing restoration – ever since. It is this community support that makes possible the Theatre’s growing impact as a creative and economic engine.
While we celebrate Tampa Theatre’s rich history and heritage, we are more intently focused on the future. As our programs grow, we will bring more and more people through our doors, creating more and more footsteps on downtown’s sidewalks. The success of Tampa Theatre and of downtown Tampa’s restaurants, businesses and developments are directly related.
We are optimistic about the future. But around here, that’s not new. On opening night in 1926, the program patrons received said in part, “The future of The Tampa is as bright as the future of Tampa itself.”
We couldn’t agree more.