Tuesday, December 12, 2006

DIY Movie Theater

Yesterday the Tampa Downtown Partnership's Monday Morning Memo reported that the TV show "DIY to the Rescue" is coming to the Tampa Theatre. They will be filming renovations at the theater for an upcoming episode, including two dressing rooms and the green room.

The Tampa Theatre is a 1926 movie palace designed by architect John Eberson, who was noted for his use of the atmospheric style. The atmospheric theaters, particularly popular in the 1920s, created scenes (or atmospheres) that allowed the moviegoer to imagine they had been transported to another land. Eberson also designed the Olympia Theatre in Miami, and the Polk Theatre in Lakeland and the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville have Eberson connections.

The League of Historic American Theaters maintains a list of Florida sites. Also recommended, Janna Jones’ book The Southern Movie Palace: Rise, Fall, and Resurrection (University Press of Florida, 2003).

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