The Rialto Theater was built in 1925 and opened its doors in 1926 as a live stage theater alongside the Tampa Theater. It has been used as storage for a number of years, mostly neglected, with only the blonde brick and Italian tile facade remaining to remind passersby of its existence. This is our new home.
For three years, 8-Count Productions has been looking for the right fit to fulfill our business plan and vision for growth. Tampa has a strong presence of historic buildings and unique spaces that reflect its rich past, however, new developments around the bay have limited the number of spaces for sale and within reach. With over 10,000 square feet in the North Franklin Street historic district, the old Rialto Theater is proving to be a worthy home.
In the months to come, the old theater will receive a new roof, many electrical and plumbing updates, new flooring and fixtures, and reworked interior layout. What will not be altered is the beautiful, original 20 foot archway that once separated the stage from its viewers. The facade will remain intact with the addition of a main entrance and a fresh coat of paint.
Beginning in December, guest will be welcomed throughout the space to test out dance classes, visit the art gallery, meet with a consultant or event planner, and book holiday events. A grand opening event may even make its way onto the calendar by year-end. Check back soon….