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L'Unione Italiana

Unlike a lot of Florida (and Southern) cities, Tampa received thousands of immigrants from Spain, Italy, and Cuba in the late 1800s, who came to work in the cigar factories and other related businesses. The major ethnic groups established their own social clubs, which provided entertainment and medical services. Four of these clubs--the Spanish, Cuban, Italian, and German clubs--are still standing, but now no longer restrict membership.

 

The Italian Club is in the heart of the Ybor City district. It's now primarily used as a banquet hall. A movie theater--the Broadway--operated out of one of the floors.

 

7th Avenue at 18th Street, Tampa.

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Taken on May 10, 2010