tatement of Purpose
To provide and entertaining, informative, and educational opportunity while exploring 100 years of Moving Picture History.
To tell the story, from the beginning, of this all important industry and Florida’s contribution. Two examples are – The filming of the first, full length feature. 1903, “Rough Riders”, about Teddy Roosevelt. Filmed in Tampa by Mutograph Photoplay Corp, Thomas Edison’s Company. The First Black produced motion picture “Birth of a Race”, filmed in Tampa, 1917, by the Birth of a Race Photoplay Corp.
By 1925, Tampa had over 45 film studios, Jacksonville 100, and a large unit was in New Port Richey.
To explore development in style, equipment, and technology that brought us so much entertainment.
To provide an opportunity for visitors to be in captured scenes that stand out in motion picture history.
To provide an archive of historic equipment, props and documents.