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 30,000 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 actively participate in 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 live-action or stop-motion animated film to showcase. The films will be screened at the Tampa Theatre Film Camp Festival, and campers will receive a digital copy of their finished films. All experience levels are welcome at all sessions.

New in 2014, the Film Camp program will also feature three stand-alone Saturday Sessions throughout the year for students entering grades 6-12 who are interested in movie genres, screenwriting and special effects makeup.

  • October 18 – Special FX Makeup: Just in time for Halloween, learn the tricks of the trade that professional makeup artists use to turn actors into monsters.  Click here to register.

Tampa Theatre Film Camp is presented in collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education, with assistance from Learning Gate Community School.  CLICK HERE for more information!

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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 $7.50 per person, payable by cash, check or credit the day of your tour.

To schedule your tour, contact Nicole Southworth at (813) 274-5510.


Please make your reservations for the 2014-2015 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.

Kid Power - 10/14

Little Monster Tales - 10/23

Slim Goodbody - 10/31

American Stage - 11/4

Never Everglades - 11/19

Mathemagic - 2/25

Bits N Pieces - 4/30

Jack Hartmann - 5/7 and 5/8

Gordon Gumshoe - 5/14

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