2939 Franklin Avenue,
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Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Riget Theatre, Grit Adult Theatre
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.
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