Pitman Theatre

629 Broad Street,
Gadsden, AL 35901

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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.

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 .

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

You gotta love that marquee.

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

Great looking 1982 Marquee!

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.

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

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

The Pitman was still open in this 1982 photo.

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 April 6, 2008 at 7:19 pm

This is a recent photo of the Pitman at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Updated links for photos posted by TC in 2005. photo 1, photo 2 and photo 3.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 25, 2007 at 1:18 pm

Here is a 2007 photo of the Pitman Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 29, 2006 at 1:12 pm

This is another photo of the Pitman Theater from 2002.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 25, 2006 at 2:51 pm

From hsvmovies.com:

Opening date: 1947/09/26

First movie shown: Slave Girl

The Pitman opened on Friday, September 26, 1947 (Slave Girl was movie shown on opening night), and seated around 1100 (other source said 850). It is located on the 600 block of Broad Street, and had the largest screen in Gadsden at time of opening, and had air conditioning and push-back seats. The theatre was erected and owned by Dr. H. W. Frank, for use by Aiga Theatres, Inc. (Charles S. Pitman was the head of Aiga). James E. Rourke was the first manager of the Pitman. The opening advertisements stressed that no outside screen advertising would appear on the Pitman screen, and that the screen would be used for entertainment only. On January 9, 1981, the theatre began to operate on weekends only, and closed in 1981. It opened for a one-week period from September 27, 1983 to October 2, 1983 for showing of a film series (which ended with Singin' in the Rain). The theatre was purchased by the city of Gadsden in 1986.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 16, 2006 at 3:15 pm

This is another photo of the Pitman Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 29, 2006 at 4:20 pm

Here is a photo of the Pitman Theater.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 15, 2004 at 9:37 am

The street address of the Pitman Theatre is 629 Broad Street.

It was built in 1947 and the architect was D.O. Whilldin.