Tiger Theatre

2939 Franklin Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70122

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Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Riget Theatre, Grit Adult Theatre

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Old Tiger Theater

The Tiger Theatre was owned and operated by Pittman Theatres in New Orleans, and was a sister to the Pitt and Delta Theatres.

The Tiger had a storefront to the left of the theatre entrance, where a great pizza place, Artista Pizza was located.

The Tiger opened in November 1950, and closed June 24, 1973 as a family operation.

The Tiger had a large vertical neon sign with the theatre’s name, but it was blown down during hurricane Betsy in 1965. In 1974, the theatre was leased to become an adult theatre named the Riget.(Notice, the T and R were just reversed in the name).

A couple of years later, it was renamed the Grit Adult Theatre, which closed in 1980, when the theatre’s air conditioner went out, and the landlord refused to replace it.

It sat vacant for many many years, and became a church in the late 90’s. This theatre was severly damaged in the floods of hurricane Katrina. I do not know the current status of this building.

Contributed by Michael Hurley

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

joysmovies on January 21, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Here are some Tiger Theatre photos:
Front of the theatre after it closed, at bottom of balcony looking at screen, and at bottom of the balcony looking at projection booth:
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Here’s some Tiger Tickets:
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And a 1974 photo from the days when it was the Riget:
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joysmovies on January 22, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Another Tiger photo, this one from before Hurricane Betsy. Not the best photo, but you can see the large vertical sign on the front of the building:
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joysmovies on January 24, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Here’s an ad for the Tiger and Pitt (sister theatres) from 1963:
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joysmovies on September 9, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Here’s another pic of the Tiger from 1955-the theatre is on the left.
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joysmovies on April 29, 2009 at 3:28 pm

1980 picture of the Tiger, known at this time as the “Grit”. This was the final year of operation for this theatre.
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joysmovies on May 1, 2009 at 12:25 am

Here’s an ad for the Grit from 1977:
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BigEasyBarry on August 16, 2009 at 4:36 am

Here is a pic of the Tiger taken 08-07-09
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ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

The History of the Neighborhood Theaters in New Orleans
is being written by 89-year-old Rene Brunet, the dean of the motion picture industry in Louisiana, and New Orleans historian and preservationist Jack Stewart. The 160-page,coffee table book will be released in November and is being published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the cityâ€\s landscape since the first “nickelodeon” opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street. The book will be divided by neighborhoods and will open with a map and a narrative about each area. Each major theater will feature “then and now” photographs, historic information, and a short series of quotes from famous New Orleanians and from regular citizens who will share their recollections.
We are trying to acquire memorabilia and additional photos of this theater for this publication. (deadline July 1.) You will be credited in the book and receive a free autographed copy if we publish the picture that you supply. Please contact Arthur Hardy at or call 504-913-1563 if you can help.

rivest266 on August 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm

The November 3rd, 1950 grand opening ad has been uploaded in this theatre’s web page.

spectrum on April 22, 2016 at 3:27 am

Checked the google street view on 4-21-2016. This couldn’t possibly have 1,450 seats, looks more like 400. From the street view it still looks just like the photo in the gallery; still closed, same sign on front.

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