Tampa Theatre Stories

Since 1926, Tampa Theatre has been part of our community’s story. Its auditorium has played host to vaudeville performers, movie stars, recording legends, presidential candidates, and scores of big-screen premieres. Its seven-story blade sign towered over the crowd when JFK paraded down Franklin Street in 1963. Generations have grown up stealing kisses in its balcony and – sometimes – getting married on its historic stage.

As we prepare to celebrate its 90th birthday this fall, we invite our friends and fans to share with us your Tampa Theatre story. Maybe it’s the first time you ever saw its starry night sky. Or memories of coming to movies with your family as a child. Or a favorite film brought back as a classic so many years later.

We will share all of your stories on the page linked just below, and may contact some of our favorites to do something special for the birthday celebration. In any case, thank you for sharing your memories of the majestic movie palace, and thank you for being part of the Tampa Theatre story.



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What is your fondest memory of Tampa Theatre?