Restoring a complex, 38,000 square foot historic movie palace requires careful planning and prioritization. The restoration work has been planned to take place over several years and will be completed in a logical, efficient order.
Priority 1: Seal the envelope. Stopping weather and water from seeping into the building is a critical first step for any building’s restoration. This past spring, we replaced 38 wooden, double sash windows on the second and third floors with hurricane-rated, energy-efficient windows custom-made to replicate the look of the 90-year-old original.
Unlike most buildings in Tampa, the Theatre was built with two basements, both of which suffer from ground water intrusion through the concrete slabs. We will soon replace and expand the Theatre’s sump and drainage systems and connect them to new emergency generator to ensure the pumps continue to operate in the event of a severe storm and power outage.
Priority 2: Replace obsolete infrastructure. With some of the funds already raised, new main electrical distribution systems have been installed and decorative lighting fixtures in the auditorium have been retrofitted with energy-efficient LED bulbs. Substantial additional electrical work is required to replace remaining cloth-covered wiring, old fuse panels, and inefficient control systems. In the future, a new, energy efficient HVAC system will be installed to provide more precise temperature and humidity controls.
Priority 3: Improve comfort and convenience for patrons. New seats in the auditorium will provide more leg room, cup holders and – in some sections – small bistro tables installed between the seats. Enhanced accessibility for patrons with disabilities will be integrated into the new seating layout. New concessions counters and bars will be designed to provide faster and more efficient service. In the future, improvements will also be made to the restrooms and lounge areas.
Priority 4: Restore the aesthetics. In this first phase of restoration, the main lobby’s paint and plaster will be returned to its original state based on photos and forensic paint studies. We know that as good as Tampa Theatre looks now, it will be nothing short of spectacular when properly and authentically restored to its 1926 specifications. Future phases will complete the decorative restoration in the lobby basement and auditorium.
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