The theater's ties with the community are strong, and also historic. Hardest hit were the downtown movie palaces which dotted America's urban landscapes. By the time Tampa Theatre reopened to the public in Januaryit had become something of a national model for how to save an endangered theater.
Contributions to the Tampa Theatre Foundation from individuals, companies and foundations help to make up difference and keep the building accessible and affordable for everyone. City leaders became involved, and soon a deal was reached to have the City rescue the Tampa Theatre by assuming its leases.
Classic and contemporary films are the main features, but the theater also holds weddings, special community events, live performances, tours, camps and the only live broadcast of the Oscars in the Tampa Bay area.
Inafter six downtown theaters closed because of disuse, the Tampa Theatre was also in danger of closing. One of the characteristics of atmospheric theater style is the illusion that you are outdoors under a night sky.
Community support and contributions are critical to the Theatre's continued success and viability. However, in the s with the Cold War at its height, Americans migrated out of cities and into the suburbs, and Tampa was no exception.
Committees were formed, community leaders got involved, and soon a deal was reached to have the City rescue the Theatre.