Tampa Theatre, one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world, receives approval for $14 million funding request

illuminated marquee at the Tampa Theatre.
Photo by Andrew Harlan

Tampa Theatre, one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world, is getting some much needed repairs. The restoration efforts started in 2017, addressing substantial infrastructure needs to the interior and exterior of the historical building, and Phase II is set to be completed in time for the theatre’s 100th anniversary in October of 2026. The Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) formally adopted the Community Advisory Committee’s vote to support the project, moving forward with Tampa Theatre’s $14 million funding request for Phase II.

The support of the CRA demonstrates their continued dedication to the arts, and fosters true partnership to maintain Tampa Theatre as a valued and premiere location for generations to visit and enjoy.


inside an old theatre with a blue velvet curtain on stage and a pianist at the center
Photo via Tampa Theatre

Tampa Theatre is a significant economic driver

Tampa Theatre is a strong economic driver, generating over eight hundred thousand dollars in state and local tax revenue and averaging 160,000 visitors yearly. The improvements will include the addition of a second screen room, support spaces, increased production space, enhanced technology, and additional patron amenities.

“Our goal is to present a fully restored Tampa Theatre to the community in time for the Theatre’s 100th anniversary,” said John Bell, President & CEO, Tampa Theatre. “The CRA’s approval of this funding will ensure that the Tampa Theatre continues to be a landmark in Downtown Tampa and allows everyone to enjoy its unique cultural experience.” The motion for funding was made by Board member Guido Maniscalco and seconded by Board member Charlie Miranda.


Tampa Theatre is located at 711 N Franklin Street. See a full lineup of events, and upcoming screenings on the cinema’s website.

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