• Tampa Downtown Partnership and Tampa Theatre Announce Screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

    The inspiring documentary of urban activist Jane Jacobs will be the first showing in Florida

    TAMPA (May 9, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to partner with Tampa Theatre for the first Florida screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City on Wednesday, June 7. Hailed as a “timely, inspiring documentary you can’t miss” by Parade Magazine, Citizen Jane retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs vs. Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda.

    “The issues Jane faced in this film are still very much a concern for today’s modern cities – including Tampa,” said Shaun Drinkard, Director of Placemaking for Tampa Downtown Partnership. “As Downtown Tampa continues to grow and draw more investment interest, it is important that we are mindful of urban issues and to address them to the benefit of its residents and neighborhoods.”

    The film reinforces the thoughts and ideas that Jacobs presented in her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which remains one of the most influential books in the history of American city planning. It follows the fights Jacobs was involved in mid-century New York, including her fight to stop “master builder” Robert Moses.

    “Jane introduced terms like ‘social capital’ and ‘mixed primary uses’ which has influenced the profession of city planning,” said Drinkard. “She had the strength and foresight to know that a city is about its people, and not just the buildings – which, at the time, was a very progressive thought.”

    The evening will kick off with an hour long Jane Jacobs Walk enabling members of the Downtown Tampa community to discover their city and environment through shared observation. The Walk will depart at Tampa Theatre at 5:30pm and will return as the doors and bar open right at 6:30pm.

    The audience is encouraged to wear costumes for the Jane Jacobs Look-A-Like contest to win a four-pack of tickets to the Tampa Theatre’s Summer Classics movie series. The contest will take place at 7:15pm with the film beginning at 7:30pm. Following the screening, at 9pm the audience is invited to stay for a panel discussion and Q&A with local industry professionals. Tickets are available on Tampa Theatre’s website.


    5:30pm – 6:30pm          Jane Jacobs Walk         

    6:30pm                        Doors and bar open

    7:00pm – 7:15pm          Organist plays

    7:15pm – 7:30pm               Jane Jacobs Look-A-Like Contest

    7:30pm – 9:00pm               Screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for The City

    9:00pm – 9:30pm               Panel Discussion and Q&A

    About Tampa Downtown Partnership

    Tampa Downtown Partnership is a private, membership based not-for-profit 501(c)6 comprised of companies, organizations and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, Tampa Downtown Partnership administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the Partnership serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, public space activation, planning and beautification. 


    About Tampa Theatre

    The historic Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved movie palaces. The majestic building is owned by the City of Tampa and operated as a dynamic film and cultural center by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation. Programming is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.