Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts

318 S. Main Street,
Tifton, GA 31793

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

Architects: R.N. McEachern

Functions: Live Performances, Special Events

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Tift Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 229.391.3903
Manager: 229.391.3903

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Opened in February 1937 with “Pennies From Heaven”, the Tift Theatre originally had seating for 1,400 and was designed in Art Moderne style, complete with a multicolored tile facade and neon-lit vertical sign and marquee. The interior of the Tift Theatre had an unusual theme to its decor, the circus. The theatre lasted exactly half a century before it went dark.

Soon afterward, the community gathered behind the Tift Theatre to save it, and it was restored and refurbished for use for various forms of live entertainment, as well as being available for special events.

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theatreorganmana on November 7, 2005 at 4:20 pm

An Allen theatre organ was donated and installed in the Tift during its restoration and reopening by John Clark McCall, Jr. Mark and Carrie Renwick, of Jacksonville, FL, were musical artists (organist and soprano) featured in the Tift’s inagural gala.

WHITEFIELD on September 8, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Here is a photo I took of The Tift Theatre.
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cpurv69 on February 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

I saw the following movies at the Tift Theater in the summer of 1960: Huckleberry Finn, Tall Story, a couple of Toby Tyler movies, The Shaggy Dog, a short regarding the Ingemar Johansson knockout of Floyd Patterson and Trapeze. Also showing that summer, but I could not attend because I was too young to see such a “racy” movie—Room at the Top.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The Tift Theatre bears a strong resemblance to the Martin Theatre (formerly the Ritz) in Panama City, Florida, which was opened in 1936.

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