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Tampa, FL -- The 87-year-old Tampa Theatre has been named one of the 10 best movie theaters in the world by the Motion Picture Association.

They announced the honor in May. Below is a copy of the release sent out touting the honor:

Already considered Tampa's No. 1 Attraction on TripAdvisor.com and one of "America's 21 Wonders" by LIFE Magazine, Tampa Theatre is adding a global feather to its historic hat: one of the 10 Best Movie Theaters in the World, according to a story published by The Motion Picture Association of America.


The article, which was published on the MPAA's TheCredits.org news site, notes that while there are plenty of fantastic movie theatres around the world, these particular standouts were chosen as "some of the best theaters in the world... because of their diversity of spirit, location, and architecture."

The other nine theaters named were the State Theater in Traverse City, Michigan; Ciné 32 in Auch, France; the Busan Cinema Center in South Korea; Cinémathèque Française in Paris, France; Sun Pictures Cinema in Broome, Australia; Cine Thisio in Athens, Greece; the Raj Mandir Theatre in Jaipur, India; Archipelago Cinema in Thailand; and the Matadero Cineteca in Madrid, Spain.

Tampa Theatre was designed by Chicago-based architect John Eberson, who built hundreds of structures worldwide during his 35-year career. But it was his "atmospheric" movie palaces for which he became famous, and Tampa Theatre's Mediterranean-esque outdoor courtyard feel was often said to be his favorite among the more than 100 theaters he designed.

When it opened in 1926, Tampa Theatre was a silent movie house and the first public building in Tampa to feature "man-made air" conditioning. In the mid-'70s, it was saved from the wrecking-ball fate that many other historic theaters have faced, thanks to the dedication of its patrons and an intervention by the City of Tampa, and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Today, Tampa's movie palace is managed by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation and is considered a remarkable success story as one of the most heavily utilized venues of its kind in the United States. The Theatre opens its doors for more than 600 show times and events a year - mostly new independent, foreign and specialty films, but also classic movies, concerts, corporate and community events, tours and educational programs.

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