Tiger Theatre

157 N. College Street,
Auburn, AL 36830

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Previously operated by: ABC Southeastern Theatres, Plitt Theatres

Architects: David O. Whilldin

Functions: Restaurant

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Tiger Theatre

The Tiger Theatre opened September 6, 1926, and was closed on April 26, 1984.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Very sorry looking marquee for a PLITT theatre!1981 picture. It was Plitt Theatre in 1983.Summer movie prices here will be $2.00 and $4.00 a seat this from the Knoxville District.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

REMEMBERING PLITT THEATRES is on Facebook for old employees or moviegoers that liked PLITT THEATRES.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

A history of movie exhibition in Auburn from 1894 to 1928, written as a thesis by Auburn University student Danielle E. Williams, has information about the early years of the Tiger Theatre (PDF here.)

The Tiger Theatre was opened by F. A. Rogers on September 6, 1926. It was the first regular movie theater in Auburn, though movies had been shown in the college auditorium at lest twice a week (Friday and Saturday nights) under the auspices of the local YMCA since 1912.

The College Picture Show, as the YMCA program was called, continued to operate for two years after the Tiger Theatre opened, finally suspending operations in September, 1928.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on April 2, 2014 at 10:57 am

The Tiger Theatre had a Reproduco organ to accompany silent pictures.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 29, 2015 at 2:24 am

A master list of buildings designed by Birmingham architect D. O. Whilldin compiled by Thomas M. Shelby lists the Tiger Theatre in Auburn as one of his projects. However, it is listed as a 1927 project, so perhaps Whilldin only designed some alterations the year after the house opened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 29, 2021 at 12:51 pm

A book called Lost Auburn: A Village Remembered in Period Photographs, by Ralph Draughon says that the Tiger Theatre closed on April 26, 1984. Downtown Auburn’s two other movie theaters, the Village and the War Eagle, both closed the following year.

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