Happy Birthday to downtown's Tampa Theatre, the grande dame of Tampa Bay entertainment, 89 years young.
Tampa Bay's first air-conditioned building, it opened in 1926, a watershed year in Tampa Bay's history.
All these years later, the theater is still in business, showing independent, art house and the occasional silent film -- accompanied, of course, by music from the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ.
The furnishings you see in the lobby and elsewhere are all original, with the exception of the audience seats. They're from then 1970s.
The theater has hosted singers Annie Lennox, Ray Charles and David Byrne as well as comedians Louis C.K. and Lily Tomlin.
Get there early enough to enjoy some pre-show tunes on the Mighty Wurlitzer and to watch the clouds silently drift across the ceiling lit with hundreds of twinkling stars.
It's truly a unique experience.