In February of 1937, the Tift Theatre opened premiering "Pennies from Heaven". For the next 50 years, the theatre delighted Tifton with stars of the silver screen in Blockbuster releases and theatrical productions. The theatre survived three wars before closing in 1987.
The community then rallied to refurbish the historic Tift Theatre. Many were nostalgic for the theatre while others realized the impact arts can have in the community. Citizens and businesses donated one-third of the funds needed to refurbish the building and countless hours cleaning the facility. All efforts cumulated in a grand re-opening fundraising gala sponsored by Tifton's Olympic committee, Focus the Flame, to inaugurate the theatre.
The 602-seat theatre has been restored to its original beauty, down to the circus themed wall accents, originally created by a Ringling Brothers artist. The technical capabilities give the theatre the ability to host a variety of performing arts productions as well as conferences, private rentals and weddings.
The mission of the Tift Theatre for Performing Arts is to educate and entertain through cultural enrichment opportunities and performances.
The vision of the Tift Theatre for Performing Arts is to offer opportunities and programs for all community members at affordable prices. Through its rich performance history, the theatre wishes to educate and enlighten the community through cultural enrichment programs while meeting the needs of the Tifton residents and tourists.