It's Friday and we want to put on our dancing shoes! Obviously, Tampanians have always enjoyed busting a move or two. This photo was taken in 1929 at the Davis Islands Colosseum.
The what now?! In 1925, you know the very beginning of Davis Islands, DP Davis built this auditorium for residents to use. In the early years they had concerts, auto shows, ice skating, dances and conventions. Located at 90 Chesapeake Ave, the colosseum was funded by stock certificate sales and was one of the few public buildings constructed before the housing market crash in 1926.
In 1932 Beecroft-Florida Studios (a movie studio) signed a long term lease for the building to use as a studio. By the end of the year the company had folded. In the 40s the building was once again turned into an ice rink. And then a regular skating rink. In 1963 the building was sold for $100k and turned into a bowling alley & bar/lounge.
Unfortunately in 1967, on January 26th, the old building caught fire. Despite 23 fire trucks and 100+ firefighters it couldn't be saved. The flames could be seen from Sulphur Springs and St Petersburg.
Long story short, we're so ready for friday! #davisisland