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Lost & Found: Theaters of Louisiana


Palace Theatre, Iberville and Dauphine Street, New Orleans, 1949. Photographer: William Russell. Courtesy of the Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University. 

Palace Theatre, Iberville and Dauphine Street, New Orleans, 1949. Photographer: William Russell. Courtesy of the Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University. 

Lost & Found: Theaters of Louisiana, held in conjunction with the 19th Annual Preserve Louisiana Gala, explores Louisiana’s architectural marvels during the Golden Age of movie palaces. The exhibition examines the vast history of theaters throughout the state.

Lost & Found, featuring photographs, paintings, and memorabilia from the state's most note-worthy theaters, is divided into sections on Louisiana's drive-in theaters, some of the most architecturally significant theaters, and theaters that have been - or are currently being - preserved. The exhibition also presents and examines historically black theaters, including The Cook Theatre, originally located on Scenic Highway in Scotlandville. The Cook, opened in the 1930s and operated for almost thirty years, was one of the first theaters in Louisiana to be owned by an African-American family.

Exhibition items are on loan from East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Digital Archives; The Historic New Orleans Collection; Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University; Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSU Shreveport; Office of Cultural Development, Division of Historic Preservation; Robinson Film Center, Shreveport; and private collections.