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Nightlife & Music

Best Tampa Theaters And Concert Halls

January 20, 2012 5:00 PM

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The exterior of the Muvico Theater in Tampa is made to look like a 1950s drive through. (Credit: tampapix.com)

The exterior of the Muvico Theater in Tampa is made to look like a 1950s drive through. (Credit: tampapix.com)

Tampa offers varied and exciting concert halls and theaters, some of which have fascinating ties to Florida’s past.

tampatheatre Best Tampa Theaters And Concert Halls

Tampa Theatre was built in 1926 as one of the country's most elaborate "movie palaces." (Credit: tampatheatre.org)

Tampa Theatre

711 N Franklin Street
Tampa, Fla. 33602
(813) 274-8286
www.tampatheatre.org

The Tampa Theatre is both a movie house and a concert venue with historic landmark status that will bring you back to days gone by. Let the architecturally-stunning interior wow you with its opulence. For $5 you can take the backstage tour and learn about the design and implementation of this 1926 landmark. Another cool feature of the Tampa Theatre is its Balcony Club, where young professionals come to watch film, network and support one of the city’s treasures. Recent films include “Vertigo” and “The Trouble With Harry.”

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Nothing is better than sitting under the stars on a warm beautiful Florida night listening to your favorite band play the Ford Amphitheatre. (Credit: livenation.com)

Ford Amphitheatre

4802 N U.S. Highway 301
Tampa, Fla. 33610
(813) 740-2446
www.livenation.com/1800ASKGARY-Amphitheatre-At-the-Florida-State-Fairgrounds-tickets-Tampa/venue/107257

Nothing is better than sitting under the stars on a warm beautiful Florida night listening to your favorite band play the Ford Amphitheatre. The pavilion offers individual, covered seating or you can bring your own blanket and take a seat on the lawn. There are plenty of bathrooms and concession stands. This is a theater to make Floridians proud.

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The exterior of the Muvico Theater in Tampa is made to look like a 1950s drive through. (Credit: tampapix.com)

Muvico Theaters Inc

1600 8th Avenue
Tampa, Fla. 33605
(813) 248-2323
www.muvico.com/default.asp?t=180

If you want a world-class theater, Muvico is your place, and it does it with a touch of charm. The exterior is made to look like a 1950s drive through; the lobby and halls are decorated with retro, Latin-inspired memorabilia. Seats are possibly the most comfortable movie seats in all of Florida, and the floors and carpets are clean and tasteful. Best yet, a bar opens during evening hours so you can drink while you catch a new release.

statetheatre Best Tampa Theaters And Concert Halls

Credit: statetheatreconcerts.com

The State Theatre Concerts

687 Central Avenue
St. Petersberg, Fla. 33701
www.statetheatreconcerts.com

The State Theatre hall has a long and storied history. Built as a bank in 1924, but the stock market crash forced Fidelity Bank and Trust Company out of business. The building was used for small office tenants until it was remodeled as a theatre in 1949. The architect, Neil Reid, was well known for the Beaux-Art style and also built the Alexander Hotel. The venue is equally impressive today, with a majestic balcony overlooking the stage. The rest of the concert hall is standing room only.

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