The Tiger Theater on Franklin Avenue in New Orleans

This is the old Tiger Theater, a sister to two other old, long-shuttered New Orleans movie houses: The Pitt and The Delta.

The Tiger Theater opened in 1950 and closed nearly a quarter century later in 1973. In 1974, the theater would reopen as a porno house called the Riget. One imagines this was to save money on an expensive sign as the new tenants could just swap a couple letters and voila!

In 1976 the Riget would morph into the Grit Adult Theater enjoying a four year run til closing for good in 1980.

Earlier this week it was razed.

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