CEO Spotlight: John Bell Tampa Theatre

CEO Spotlight – Tampa Theatre

As for charities, of course the non-profit Tampa Theatre is John’s top charity of choice! He is also involved with the League of Historic American Theatres as a board member and past Chairman of the Board. The Theatre is also involved with a number of local charities through ticket and tour discounts and donations; I’ve included a page from our most recent annual report with that list.

ABOUT JOHN BELL, President & CEO, Tampa Theatre

John Bell is an experienced historic theatre leader having successfully managed two different historic theatre projects over his career. He was named Managing Director of the historic Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC in 1979. After he assumed management responsibilities in Tampa in 1985, Tampa Theatre revamped its programming to include a heavy mix of first run and classic films supplemented by concerts, educational programs and special events. This successful formula remains in place today, as the Theatre presents more than 500 film screenings a year along with concerts, summer camps, and scores of special community events.

John has served on the board of directors of the League of Historic American Theatre's, including two years as Chairman, and has served on the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. John holds a BA degree in Theatre Arts from Catawba College in North Carolina.


Built in 1926, Tampa Theatre hosts more than 600 events each year, including first-run films, classic movies, concerts, corporate events, educational programs, weddings and tours. It is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved movie palaces. The majestic building is owned by the City of Tampa and operated as a dynamic film and cultural center by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation. Programming is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatre's and the Art House Convergence.

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