Pitman Theatre

629 Broad Street,
Gadsden, AL 35901

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The Pitman Theatre

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The Pitman Theatre opened on September 26, 1947 with Yvonne De Carlo in “Slave Girl”, and was designed by Birmingham based architect David O. Whilldin. In 1963, a ‘Hollywood’ type premiere of “To Kill A Mockingbird” was held for Mary Badham & Phillip Alford, child actors from this area (they returned 45 years later for an encore showing). The Pitman Theatre closed in 1983, and was willed to the City of Gadsden after its owner passed away in 1986. It sat vacant and in a state of disrepair until efforts to restore it were begun in 1997.

The exterior has been almost completely restored and work is continuing on the interior. The original lobby and projection booth are still in place, but the auditorium had to be gutted because of the severe damage it had sustained.

Current plans for the theater are for conversion into a multi-purpose community center.

Contributed by Tom Banks

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 1, 2009 at 3:09 pm

This December 2008 article states that events are being held at the Pitman, but seating is limited to 300 and there’s no way to control the temperature. A recent Google photo showed a weddding announcement on the marquee, so there must be a few intrepid souls who have booked the Pitman for their affair.
http://tinyurl.com/7uacsp

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm

The Pitman was still open in this 1982 photo.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

The city is moving forward with renovations to the Pitman to convert it to a multipurpose facility: View link and residents share some memories of the Pitman here: View link

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

That is good news,very nice looking theatre,great marquee and vertical good luck to them.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Great looking 1982 Marquee!

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on October 5, 2010 at 4:45 am

You gotta love that marquee.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Jan 8 1970 has “ALASKAN SAFARI” playing. With 007 coming in “ON HER MAJESTYS SECRET SERVICE” Jan 14 .

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Jan4 1955 Jack Webb in “DRAGNET”.It was also a Georgia Theatre in the seventies.

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