8 Nov

Tampa Theatre Receives its Largest Corporate Donation for their Restoration Campaign

Tampa Theatre Receives its Largest Corporate Donation for their Restoration Campaign

Bob Glaser and Smith & Associates Real Estate Helps to Restore a Historic Downtown Landmark

Smith & Associates Real Estate continues to leave its mark on downtown Tampa announcing a sizable donation of $250,000 to the Tampa Theatre Restoration Campaign. This is the largest corporate contribution to the campaign and will go towards creating a permanent concession stand that is modern yet respectful of the building's historical aesthetic.

The concession stand is an important part of the 91-year-old theatre’s extensive multi-phase renovations to address critical infrastructure, enhance the patron experience, and restore its historic beauty.

Bob Glaser, President, and CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate, who served the Tampa Theatre's board for several years, said, "Tampa Theatre is a local treasure that calls for community support."

The history of the Tampa Theatre has overwhelming appeal to anyone that crosses the iconic entryway and sees the distinctive marquis. Upon entry, you feel as though you have stepped back to another era of time and are in awe of the palace-like feel within the theatre. There are so few of these movie palaces in the nation, and to have this jewel in Tampa Bay, calls for community support in helping the long-term restoration program initiated by the board. My family and I have had the pleasure of realizing the value of the Tampa Theatre, and with my company Smith & Associates Real Estate, we want to be a part of this significant renovation in providing a permanent concession stand that can enjoy it for years to come," says Glaser.

Smith & Associates Real Estate participates in over 50 organizations throughout Tampa Bay and emphasizes a corporate culture of giving back. A longtime supporter of the arts, Glaser was honored as a 2016 IMPACT Award recipient by Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts in recognition of his “extraordinary” contribution to the arts in Tampa Bay.

Throughout his career, Glaser has served on numerous fundraising and nonprofit boards such as Chair of the Morean Arts Center/Chihuly Collection, Studio 620, the boards of the Tampa Theatre, the Florida Aquarium, and the Palladium Theatre, among others.