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The Tampa Theatre is one of the oldest movie palaces in the country - and it's showing its age. It's being closed for six weeks, and parts of it will be returned to its former splendor.

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U.S. Navy Capt. Scott Kelly holds the American record for the longest consecutive time in space, after a 340-day mission to the International Space Station in 2015 and 2016.

Since returning to Earth, he's written a number of books about his experiences, including "Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery," and a children's book, "My Journey to the Stars."

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Listeners of the popular NPR program Snap Judgment, recognize its host for his wildly expressive delivery and the show's emphasis on "storytelling with a beat."

Whitney Browne

Welcome to Night Vale, a small desert town populated with shapeshifting teenagers, angels that all insist on being called "Erika," and the "eldritch," tentacled horror that is "Station Management." 

The creators of the popular podcast, presented as news broadcasts from the Night Vale Community Radio station, returns to the Tampa Theatre Saturday with their newest live show "All Hail.”

Courtesy Whitney Browne.

“Night Vale is a friendly desert town where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while everyone pretends to sleep.”

The creators of the popular twice-monthly podcast Welcome to Night Vale will debut their newest live show, Ghost Stories, at the Tampa Theatre on July 7.

Florida Matters: Enchanted Earth

May 12, 2015
Jim Webb

The Tampa Theatre recently hosted "Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Syliva Earle and Meg Lowman." The conversation with two of America’s most beloved explorers and conservationists was moderated by  was moderated by WUSF's Susan Giles Wantuck.

Originally designed by renowned architect John Eberson, who is also credited for designing the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, the Tampa Theatre is regarded as one of the world’s most elaborate theaters with an out-of-this-world experience. The theater’s complex flower designs and ominous gargoyles transport the audience to world of willing suspension of disbelief. Built in 1926, the intimate Mediterranean courtyard themed stage sits perfectly lit under the 99-bulb studded ceiling, resembling the night’s sky. In fact, the Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved examples of grand movie palace architecture.

A Look at Tampa's Past Through Ghost Stories

Oct 30, 2013
WUSF/Yoselis Ramos

If happy jack-o-lanterns, cute costumes and family-friendly fun don't quite cause your blood to run cold -- you might be among those ready to take Halloween to a new level.  Maybe a good old-fashioned "ghost tour" in downtown Tampa is what you're looking for.

Joe Roberts

Tampa's downtown movie palace, The Tampa Theatre, has stood through boom times and depressions. The jewel still stands along Franklin Street. It has been there since 1926 and was the first commercial building in Tampa with air conditioning.  

Back then the movies were a novelty and people would line up, pay 10 cents to get in and then stand in an even longer line to await the departure of another patron.

Then they'd go inside to watch the movie, and stay until they reached the point at which the story began for them and leave. Apparently, this is where the term, "this is where I came in" comes from.