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Tampa Theatre on BBC list of ‘most beautiful cinemas’


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Tampa Theatre is one of “the 10 most beautiful cinemas in the world,” according to the BBC.

The 87-year-old movie house appears on a list published on the BBC’s website, where the downtown Tampa theater was called “a temple to the 1920s Baroque” and “an exquisitely preserved example of silent-era movie palace excess that could double for a set in a Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler.”

The list praised the theater’s 99 “twinkling stars,” created by light bulbs embedded in the ceiling, and its Wurlitzer organ featuring close to 900 pipes.

Other theaters that made the list include the art deco Cine Acapulco in Havana and the cavernous Cinematheque Français in Paris.

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