In Tampa, movies tend to play at theaters that have a lot more going on than just films—and a lot more to eat than just popcorn. The Tampa Pitcher Show, for example, has a bar that serves burgers and craft beers, which patrons can then take into the theater. The programming here goes above and beyond the usual cinematic experience, too, showing everything from first-run blockbusters to comedy shows and concerts. Likewise, the Studio Movie Grill allows viewers to order chicken wings, smoked ribs, and other comfort food right from their seats while the latest films flicker before their eyes. Those with an appetite for more independent films should make a pilgrimage to the historic Tampa Theatre, an architectural jewel whose screen is framed by Spanish patios, Persian shrines, and a Mighty Wurlitzer Organ that still gets played before most screenings.

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