Historic Movie Palace Recognized As Benchmark of Excellence
in Programming, Community Involvement and Operations

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2015)
– Tampa Theatre is proud to have been named a Sundance Institute Art House Project Theatre, which distinguishes Tampa’s historic movie palace as an organization that embodies a benchmark of excellence in programming, community involvement and operations. Tampa Theatre is one of 23 cinemas in North America acknowledged when the Art House Convergence announced the “inaugural class” of Sundance Institute Art House Project Theatres late last week.

The 23 theaters selected applied for the recognition this past spring and were found to meet high standards, including quality programming, deep involvement with their local communities, strong financial standing, and recognition from their peers and their communities.

Besides Tampa Theatre, the Sundance Institute Art House Project Theatres are:

  • a/perture cinema ­ Winston­Salem, NC
  • Amherst Cinema ­ Amherst, MA
  • Art Theater Co­op ­ Champaign, IL
  • Belcourt Theatre ­ Nashville, TN
  • Cable Car Cinema – Providence, RI
  • Center for Contemporary Arts ­ Santa Fe, NM
  • Coral Gables Art Cinema ­ Coral Gables, FL
  • Enzian Theater ­ Orlando, FL
  • Film Streams ­ Omaha, NE
  • Gateway Film Center ­ Columbus, OH
  • Grand Cinema ­ Tacoma, WA
  • Hollywood Theatre ­ Portland, OR
  • Loft Cinema ­ Tucson, AZ
  • Maine Film Center ­ Waterville, ME
  • Michigan Theater ­ Ann Arbor, MI
  • Music Box Theatre ­ Chicago, IL
  • Nickelodeon Theatre ­ Columbia, SC
  • O Cinema ­ Miami, FL
  • Park City Film Series ­ Park City, UT
  • Pittsburgh Filmmakers ­ Pittsburgh, PA
  • Texas Theatre ­ Dallas, TX
  • UWM Union Cinema ­ Madison, WI

This program is a unique opportunity for theaters interested in further engaging with the Art House Convergence and Sundance to enrich cinema culture in North America. In creating this benchmark of excellence, the Art House Convergence and Sundance Institute continue their efforts to build the foundation of a rapidly growing movement of local, community­based independent theaters.

About Sundance Institute: Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and The Invisible War,

About the Art House Convergence: The Art House Convergence began in 2005 as the Sundance Institute Art House Project, celebrating the 25​th​ Anniversary of Sundance Institute by honoring a small group of leading U.S. Art House theatres. A few years later, this grew into the independently run Art House Convergence, which in 2008 presented its first annual conference, an industry educational program designed to empower and inform independent cinemas nationwide. The growth of the Art House Convergence and its development of research, surveys and year round communication among art house theaters affirm that the organization has evolved into a leading national resource for the support of independent film and the promotion of film culture in local communities. The upcoming annual conference will be January 18 – 21, 2016 in Midway, Utah.

TAMPA THEATRE MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Witecki at (813) 857-9089 or jill@tampatheatre.org

ART HOUSE CONVERGENCE CONTACT: Barbara Twist at (734) 668­8397, Ext. 35, or barbara@arthouseconvergence.org