137 E. Jefferson Street,
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The Diana Theatre opened in 1926 and has been owned and operated by the Paikos' family its entire life. Jim Paikos' father Nicholas opened the theatre. Nicholas was a Greek immigrant coming to America at the age of 14, but the Diana Theatre was named after a Roman goddess. A naming contest was implemented and a young boy won a $10 gold piece after his suggestion was selected. The Diana Theatre has seen four generations of the Paikos' family operate the theatre.
The Diana Theatre was closed for a few months in 1947 after a major fire. The theatre was rebuilt and opened again on April 26, 1948.
The single screen Diana Theatre is a throwback to gentler and warmer times. Movies are selected with families and Tipton area values in mind. The theatre includes a crying room, thought to be the only one in the state, possibly the nation, for parents of crying children to still watch the movie without bothering their seat mates. Twice a year, Christmas & Easter, the Paikos' family gives back to the community by treating the children and families to a free movie.
In a day of ever rising costs, a movie in Tipton is more than reasonable. $5 for adults and $3 for children 2-11 years old. It’s possible to take a family to the Diana Theatre complete with popcorn & soft drinks for less than $25. This is a secret well known to surrounding area residents who may travel 30 miles for an evening of entertainment and sometimes, a little nostalgia.
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