The show begins on the sidewalk...
In the 1920’s heyday of silent film the movie palace was a place of fantasy and grandeur, designed to lure viewers into an exotic otherworld. From facade to front stage each element was carefully constructed with splendor in mind. Most fantastic of all were the ‘Atmospheric’ style theaters, intended to transport filmgoers to starlit Mediterranean courtyards, complete with flora, peacocks and clouds drifting overhead. The Tampa Theatre was designed by architect John Eberson, pioneer of the Atmospheric-style theater. By bringing the outside in, Atmospheric theaters provided the ultimate escapism; one could sit in a movie set while watching a movie.
Please do not turn on the clouds until the show starts,
Please be sure the stars are turned off when leaving.
Deepest thanks to John Bell and Tara Shroeder of the Tampa Theatre.