Named one of the most “beautiful cinemas” in the world, the Tampa Theatre is receiving much-needed repair and restoration improvements to protect and fully preserve the iconic landmark. Phase I of the restoration efforts started in 2017 and addressed substantial infrastructure needs to the interior and exterior of the historical building.
The Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) formally adopted the Community Advisory Committee’s vote to support the project by moving forward with Tampa Theatre’s fourteen-million-dollar funding request for Phase II of the proposed restoration plan.
“Our Goal is to present a fully restored Tampa Theatre to the community in time for the Theatre’s 100th anniversary in October of 2026,” said John Bell, President & CEO, Tampa Theatre.
Tampa Theatre is a strong economic driver, averaging 160,000 visitors yearly, providing over 246 Full-time jobs and generating over eight hundred thousand dollars in state and local tax revenue. Some items that will be restored and added to the theatre include a second screen room, support spaces, increased production space enhanced technology and additional patron amenities.
The Tampa CRA’s continued support of the Arts, is demonstrated by the approval of this funding, and fosters true partnership to maintain Tampa Theatre as a valued and premiere location for generations to visit and enjoy. Tampa Theatre has lived in the hearts of its community and its impact on diversity and inclusivity has made it a renown gathering place.
The motion for funding was made by Board member Guido Maniscalco and seconded by Board member Charlie Miranda.
“The CRA Board voted unanimously to approve the funding for the Phase II restoration of the Tampa Theatre. The CRA support will ensure that the Tampa Theatre continues to be a landmark in Downtown Tampa and allows everyone to enjoy its unique cultural experience,” said CRA Chairwoman Lynn Hurtak.