711 Franklin Street
Postally unused card, circa 1926:
Exhibitors Herald, January 22, 1927:
“The Tampa theatre is a splendid example of the delightful Mediterranean type so appropriate climatically and historically in Florida.”
Tampa Bay–Tampa Theatre
More on the Tampa Theatre at our Theatre Talks website.
“Conveniently located just northeast of downtown [Tampa], Ybor City is the only neighborhood on Florida’s west coast to be designated a National Historic Landmark District.”
Postally unused card
Opening in 1917, the Rivoli Theatre was expanded and renamed the Ritz in the 1930s. “Most of the attendees were Cubans and Italians who worked in the cigar factories.”
After being closed for nearly two years the Ritz reopened June 26, 2008 as a four-room “event venue” catering to weddings, concerts, galas and more.
Tampa Historical–Ritz Theatre
University of North Florida–Ritz Theatre
Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.
Since 1997 theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of theatre talks and walks, available for historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.
Private walks also available.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition