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The Rumanian-born Eberson is credited with devising the “atmospheric” theater, in which the auditorium evoked an outdoor setting by means of a movie-set-like backdrop of facades beneath an artificial sky.  At the Tampa, whose generous construction budget was fueled by the Florida land boom of the early to mid 1920s, Eberson pulled out all the stops.  The Churrigueresque false fronts of his interior courtyard are draped in artificial foliage; here and there, stuffed birds perch on ledges, while projected clouds scud across a midnight-blue sky twinkling with constellations of electric “stars”.   The profusion of niches in the facades hold copies of classical busts and statuary ranging from Hermes to Christopher Columbus.  (Photo<br />
©George Cott/Chroma Inc.; courtesy Tampa Theatre)