Documentary unravels Ybor cigar history

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts Workers roll cigars in Ybor City.
Florida Museum of Photographic ArtsWorkers roll cigars in Ybor City.
Published November 21 2014
Updated November 21 2014

Ybor City's cigar industry origins are the subject of A Legacy of Smoke, a documentary short making its Tampa premiere 4 p.m. Sunday at the appropriately historic Tampa Theatre. This one-time-only screening is sponsored by El Centro Español de Tampa, billed as Tampa's oldest ethnic social club, incorporated in 1891. A Legacy of Smoke chronicles the saga of Spanish immigration in the 20th century to Ybor City and West Tampa through interviews, re-enacted vignettes and archival footage and photographs. The 45-minute documentary was co-produced and co-directed by New York University's James Fernandez, professor of Spanish literature and culture, and Spanish author and filmmaker Luis Argeo; both will conduct a Q&A session after the screening. Before the show, enjoy a short concert on the venue's Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, and introductory comments by Fernandez and Argeo. Tickets are $12, available at the box office and Visit for information about the documentary. — Steve Persall, Times movie critic