David Falk Memorial Theater

428 W. Kennedy Boulevard,
Tampa, FL 33606

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Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on July 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

In June of 1960 the Park had the exclusive Florida west coast showing of “Can-Can” in Todd-AO requiring the installation of 70mm projectors and a giant 60' by 30' screen. The film played for 10 weeks. Ad posted under the photos tab.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on July 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

“Windjammer” did in fact play at the Park Theatre in Cinemiracle. It premiered on December 25, 1959 and ran through February 7, 1960 for a total of 6 weeks and 2 days. It played as a roadshow attraction with two showings daily and reserved seating. Similar to Cinerama, the showings required 3 projectors, a stereophonic sound system, and a large wall-to-wall curved screen.

Cinemiracle did not compete with Cinerama at the nearby Palace Theatre. The Palace opened with Cinerama in April 1962. By this time the Park had closed as a commercial movie theatre and soon became the property of the University of Tampa.

Just posted some ads for the “Windjammer” opening under the photos tab.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on July 9, 2013 at 8:13 am

RRF: Thanks for this info. This is very interesting. I had no idea the Park had ever been renovated to compete with the Palace. I didn’t think the Park was large enough for the 3-projector process but maybe it was. “Windjammer” was in presented in Cinemiracle, a process very similar to Cinerama. I’d like to find the ad for “Windjammer” when it played here which should mention if the film was presented in Cinemiracle.

RRF on July 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm

The theater was renovated to show Windjammer as a roadshow competing with the Cinerama equipped Palace theater located five minutes and across the river.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

thanks Guys,Great NEw stuff.

CSWalczak on February 22, 2011 at 1:35 am

A recent article about this theater with a picture from 1963, a year after it was taken over by the University of Tampa and renamed:View link.

Nunzienick on December 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Nice photos..thanks Andy. Would have loved to have gone to The Park in it’s heyday. I wonder if the booth is still equipped for 35mm and if the university ever runs movies here.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 30, 2010 at 7:55 am

Here are my pictures from November 2010.

Nunzienick on November 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm

The description of this undated photo reads: “Auditorium at the University of Tampa.” This is almost certainly the auditorium of the David Falk Memorial Theatre when it was known as the Park Theatre. The absence of a CinemaScope screen probably dates this in the 1940s or early 1950s.
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 9, 2010 at 9:39 am

Beautiful theatre. CLINT EASTWOOD was in “TARANTULA”.

Nunzienick on September 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Nice evening shot shows a glowing marquee. This photo not dated but my guess would be the 1930s:
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Nunzienick on September 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm

The Park Theatre plays “The Vigilantes Return” in 1947:
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Jorge on September 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

I drove by this theater yesterday on my way to pre-screen ‘Machete’ at the AMC Westshore 14…I knew it’d be listed on this great site with a bit of history!

Nunzienick on April 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm

You both are gentlemen and you are both welcome! tlsloews: I think I may have been misspelling your name as tisloews instead of tlsloews. If so my apologies. My eyesight isn’t what it once was even with eyeglasses. lol!

A little trivia: this is the theatre where my aunt saw “Tarantula” in 1955. At that time it was known as the Park Theatre. I never did see a movie here but Charlie worked here several times. He said it was a very nice theatre.

TLSLOEWS on April 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm

My Dad and Mom thought me that,thank them.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm

You are such a gentleman,always thanking everyone.The world needs MORE of it.

TLSLOEWS on April 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I did not know we were in a race.Thanks Nick!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I will beat TLSLOEWS and say Thanks Nick.

Nunzienick on April 24, 2010 at 12:10 am

Here’s a photo dated 8/13/59 of the Park Theatre when “Love Is My Profession” with Brigitte Bardot was playing:
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Historic Theatres in Tampa on August 31, 2008 at 9:30 am

Please provide any stories or information that you might have about this theatre (or any single-screen theatre in Tampa) here… http://historictheatresintampa.blogspot.com
This will assist us in preserving the history surrounding these theatres in Tampa. Thank you!!