Lost & Found: Theaters of Louisiana, held in conjunction with the 19th Annual Preserve Louisiana Gala, explores Louisiana’s architectural marvels from 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 the Allumé Society, Friends of Historic Downtown Abbeville; Dorcheat Historical Association Museum; East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Digital Archives; The Historic New Orleans Collection; Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University; LSU Museum of Art; Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSU Shreveport; Office of Cultural Development, Division of Historic Preservation; Robinson Film Center, Shreveport; and the private collections of John and Cynthia Graves, Larry and Corinne "Pug" Gussman, and Jacob and Colleen Wilbert.
Lost & Found: Theaters of Louisiana is sponsored by L'Auberge, Perkins McKenzie Insurance, and John and Cynthia Graves.