Tiger Theater

319 S. Main Street,
Carthage, MO 64836

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Tiger Theater...Carthage Missouri

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The auditorium of the Tiger was destroyed in a fire in September 1954. It was a Fox-Midwest theater at the time.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm

This is excerpted from the Joplin Globe on 9/16/54:

CARTHAGE, Mo.. Sept. 15â€"Fire which is believed to have originated in a trash barrel this morning swept through the Center building, and a theater on the west side of the square causing damage estimated unofficially at $250.000. Destroyed was the 900-seat auditorium of the Tiger theater, 319 South Main street, where the blaze originated, the rear portion of Jaffe’s shoe store, 321 South Main street, and the Murray-Duncan drug store, 323 South Main street.

The fire erupted in an explosion at 2:55 o'clock this morning, which sent debris and flames flying from the rear of the Tiger theater across Lyon street. The explosion awakened Mrs. Jimmy Clubb, who lives in a second floor apartment over the Morton Sign Company, 340 Lyon street, about 300 yards from the rear of the theater.

The fire is now believed to have started in a trash barrel under the stage of the theater. It spread through the auditorium, causing complete destruction.

The theater was owned by Fox-Midwest corporation. Only recently new projection equipment and a CinemaScope screen were installed in the building at a cost in excess of $20,000. The fire spread from the theater to the rear roof of Jaffe’s and the Murray-Duncan drug store. Both roofs collapsed shortly after the theater roof fell in.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

The Tiger Theatre’s entrance building is still standing. 319 S. Main is now occupied by a pizza parlor. The auditorium was probably on what is now a parking lot on Lyon Street.

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