For many children, a field trip to Tampa Theatre marks their first visit to the majestic movie palace and can spark a lifelong interest in the historic gem. The Theatre hosts tens of thousands of students each year for educational programs, tours and summer camps, all of which make up a vital part of Tampa Theatre’s mission to entertain, educate and enlighten the community.


Each summer, Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen.

Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of digital filmmaking, from brainstorming, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing. All of the necessary equipment is provided, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, Mac computers and software. By the end of the session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to showcase.

This summer, both the popular live-action and stop-motion animation camps will be offered, as well as a NEW advanced live-action camp, each as one-week (Mon-Fri), half-day sessions:

  • Week of June 11: Live Action
  • Week of June 18: Live Action
  • Week of June 25: Live Action
  • Week of July 16: Advanced Live Action
  • Week of July 23: Stop Motion Animation

LIVE ACTION FILMMAKING CAMP makes the campers the stars as they write, produce and act in their own short films.

NEW THIS YEAR! ADVANCED LIVE ACTION FILMMAKING CAMP gives campers who have previously completed the Live Action Filmmaking Camp the opportunity to take their shooting and editing skills to the next level.

STOP-MOTION ANIMATION FILMMAKING CAMP shows campers how to create an animated film one frame at a time with clay, Legos, paper and other materials in a style of animation made popular by The Lego Movie, Wallace & Gromit, and South Park.

Morning sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon for students entering grades 3-6, and afternoon sessions are from 1-4 p.m. is for those entering grades 7-12. Each session is $190 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snacks and a digital copy of the finished films. Participation is capped at 20 campers per session.

Summer Film Camp is presented in collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education.

Additional support provided by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the Arts Council of Hillsborough County; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; and the Couch Family Foundation.

Click here to register now

For questions about Film Camp and registration, please contact Dawn Kidle at 

See films made in previous years at




Tours of the historic Tampa Theatre can be tailored for your class or summer camp group based on the students’ ages and curriculum. General topics covered include art and architecture, theatre operations, history of Tampa and of film presentation, the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and more.

We generally advise that students be at least elementary-school age to appreciate the experience. Admission is $10 per person, payable by cash, check or credit the day of your tour.

To schedule your tour, click here to contact Jill Witecki at


Hillsborough County public schools: please make your reservations through the Arts Council of Hillsborough County field trip office. All others: please make your reservations for the 2017-2018 school year by contacting the company presenting the show. Click the name of the company to access its website for more information about each show. All school shows start at 10:30 am.

ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo Live – 4/5-4/6 – please email Dawn Kidle for reservations.
Jack Hartmann – 4/25-4/26
Gordon Gumshoe – 5/9-5/10

Dates, times and shows are subject to change; the presenting company will have the latest information.


Support for Tampa Theatre’s educational programs is provided by

DeBartolo Family Foundation