Tampa offers varied and exciting concert halls and theaters, some of which have fascinating ties to Florida’s past.
711 N Franklin Street
Tampa, Fla. 33602
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.”
4802 N U.S. Highway 301
Tampa, Fla. 33610
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.
Muvico Theaters Inc
1600 8th Avenue
Tampa, Fla. 33605
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.
The State Theatre Concerts
687 Central Avenue
St. Petersberg, Fla. 33701
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.