Regarded as one of the world’s most elaborate theaters when it was built in 1926 with its gargoyles, mediterranean architecture and painted ceiling designed to resemble the night sky, Tampa Theatre has undergone plenty of changes over the decades.
Some major design elements – the red velvet seats, carpet and main curtain, and the concession stand canopy outlined in lights – were not part of architect John Eberson’s vision: they only date back to the 1970s.
To explain more fully the research that has gone into uncovering Eberson’s original vision and show audiences the scope of work that will be completed during the November/December shutdown, Tampa Theatre’s new, hour-long Restoration Tour walks patrons through the various projects covered in this current $6 million phase and concludes with a short film featuring the project’s lead architects, designers and historical experts.
Suggested donation for admission is $10 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit the Theatre’s “Cush Your Tush” fundraising campaign for the new seats. You can book via Tampa Theatre’s website.