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Tampa Theatre extends coronavirus shutdown through April

A lecture by Geena Davis and concert by Andrew Bird are among the events affected.
Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa will remain dark through April 30 due to the coronavirus. [Times (2012)]

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Tampa Theatre will stay dark for at least another month.

The historic movie house and live venue announced Monday that it was extending its closure due to the coronavirus until at least April 30. It had previously announced it would be dark until March 31, with no films or live events scheduled.

Among the live events the closure will impact: A John Denver tribute act, a taping of the true-crime podcast Criminal, a concert by Andrew Bird and a lecture by Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis.

In a statement, the theater said it was working to rescheduled as many events as possible. If a show is rescheduled, original tickets will be honored. If it is postponed, ticketholders will be refunded.

“I don’t have to tell you that we are in a period of profound uncertainty: We all have to take this day by day, week by week, and perhaps month by month,” Tampa Theatre President and CEO John Bell said in the statement. “But I do know one thing for certain: when this has passed, people will need the beautiful, historic Tampa Theatre more than ever as a place to gather, embrace each other, and celebrate our collective humanity once again."

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