The pandemic has made it difficult to observe so many spring milestones in the manner we’re used to: birthdays, graduations, weddings and more have been transformed into socially distanced, drive-by, and virtual celebrations as everyone finds new ways to commemorate important moments for the important people in their lives.

Tampa Theatre’s Marquee Messages program to give fans and friends of the historic theatre another safe way to share your good news and capture your special moment. For a $150 donation, Tampa Theatre will display your message on our historic marquee for an hour in one of three styles that represent how the movie palace’s message boards looked in 1926, 1956 and 1996 (see examples below).

To schedule a Marquee Message, contact Tampa Theatre Box Office Manager Dawn Kidle at to make your donation and schedule your date and time. Digital proofs will be provided prior to the display going live to ensure your special message is camera-ready at the appropriate time!

Of course there are some content guidelines Tampa Theatre asks its patrons to respect. Marquee Messages are meant to be celebratory: any message that contains profanity, is commercial, political or inflammatory in nature, or is otherwise contrary to Tampa Theatre’s mission will be politely declined.