Best Of 2005

BEST REASON FOR A FILM LOVER TO LIVE IN TAMPA: Tampa Theatre

BEST REASON FOR A FILM LOVER TO LIVE IN TAMPA

In a city that often seems drab, culturally retarded and hell bent on destroying its own natural and historical resources, Tampa Theatre is a breath of fresh air. It’s a gorgeous space, oozing history and class, filled with weirdly exotic bric-a-brac and funky little nooks and crannies where one can slip away for a moment to catch a glimpse of something you’ve never noticed before. Best of all, though, are the movies. Tampa Theatre continues to show fascinating and often flat-out great movies of all sorts, and a great movie seen in an environment like this, among a community of fellow travelers, can become an exciting and even unforgettable experience. From art house hits like Broken Flowers and March of the Penguins to the umpteenth grand revival screening of The Wizard of Oz or Gone with the Wind, everything just feels a little more, well, substantial when you see it at Tampa Theatre. Factor in that nifty new marquee, the mighty Wurlitzer organ rising from the stage pit and that star-studded canopy ceiling, and there’s no doubt that Tampa Theatre is one of our few genuine treasures. 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 813-274-8286, www.tampatheatre.org. - Lance Goldenberg