Monday, July 23, 2007

Tampa's Friendship Trail and Centro Ybor Premiere Theaters

Took the bike out for a nice long ride from my house in South Tampa to the Friendship Trailbridge Sunday morning. It was actually a little cooler than usual this morning in the low 70's, the thunder clouds were all ready starting to build by 11am. The trail is a great 3.5 mile bridge across Tampa Bay to St. Pete, and runs along side the Gandy Bridges. There were many people out today, roller blading, biking , walking, jogging. I enjoy bringing the iPod because it is just a long open stretch across the wide Bay with one hill, and a bit of a mighty hill at that, but the tunes keep you pumping the trail round trip. There are great views of downtown Tampa, Bayshore, Westshore area and Rocky Point. Now if I can just get out here at least a few times a week.
Afterwards, John and I went to see the newest Die Hard flick at the Premiere theaters in Ybor City. I still find these theaters the best in the Bay area, and the Premiere only allow 21 and up, all the free popcorn, very wide leather seats with large arms rests. We spoke with one of the managers(John's friend), who gave us some more scoop on the Theaters future. It seems now the new developers of Centro Ybor will definitely be using part of the theater for renovations and turn into retail and office spaces, but will leave about 12 theaters in tact. Muvico will keep the "Premiere" aspect since it is so unique to the Bay area with whatever theaters the developer decides to keep, splitting between regular and "Premiere" with a bar area to maintained as well. GOOD NEWS!
One note, for a Sunday afternoon, it was great to see so many people out and about along 7th Ave, and sitting outside eating and drinking in the many establishments in and around Centro Ybor.

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