The Winkles Law Group has its offices on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the historic Tampa Theatre Building.
Guests and clients can access our offices through the entrance to the
right of the box office and by using either the elevators or the marble
Since its opening night on October 15, 1926,
the Tampa Theatre has provided the area with extravagant vaudeville
shows, concerts by the Tampa Theatre Symphony Orchestra, silent films,
and notably was the first public building in Florida with air conditioning.
Tampa Theatre was created by architect John Eberson who was inspired by
the styles of the Italian Renaissance, Byzantine, Spanish, Mediterranean,
Greek revival, Baroque and English Tudor periods to make a unique
Florida Mediterranean style. His movie palaces can be found in Miami, New York, Chicago, Canton (Ohio), Houston and Austin (Texas), Paris (France), Sydney (Australia) and many other cities. According to Mr. Eberson, "I was impressed with the colorful scenes that greeted me in Miami, Palm Beach and Tampa.
Visions of Italian gardens, Spanish patios, Persian shrines and French
formal gardens flashed through my mind, and at once I directed my
energies to carrying out these ideas." The Tampa Tribune, October 15, 1926.
The City of Tampa
acquired the Tampa Theatre in 1976, rescuing the grand old movie palace
from the demise of so many historic buildings in downtown Tampa whose foundations rest on land more valuable than the buildings. Over the years, the City of Tampa
has spent $1.5 million to restore it to its former movie palace
glamour. Unique features include an elaborately decorated lobby (brass,
tile, replicas of antiques); auditorium (magnificent tapestries,
Spanish crests, twinkling stars on the ceiling); stage (elegant
orchestra pit, Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ with nearly 1,000 pipes,
and intricate replicas of ancient statues of historical figures);
mezzanine promenade and gallery (ornate water fountains, rest rooms,
tile, ceiling lights, statutes, tunnel exits to the street level); the
lobby overlook with lower lobby promenade; and the newly restored
addition to its architecture, the Tampa Theatre is unique for its
longevity, memory making appeal, and historic charm. In 1978, it was
named to the National Register of Historic Places and in 1988 was
declared a City of Tampa Landmark. It is managed by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and is a member of the League of Historic Theatres.
the Tampa Theatre is open year round with programming that includes
specialty films, arts events, children's theatre programs, repertory
films, concerts, corporate events, special events, tours and is one of
the most heavily used venues of its kind in the United States.