Broadmoor Theatre

9810 Florida Boulevard,
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

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The Broadmoor Theatre was opened in 1965 and operated for several years by the Ogden-Perry chain. Debuting with “Lord Jim” on its large screen, the suburban house was in a thriving shopping center in a then-growing area of Baton Rouge.

In 1973, the house was twinned and continued operation successfully until 1984, when it adapted a $1.00 policy. By 1986, walls were built across the twin cinemas were converted once again to a 4-screen house, with tiny cinemas. The theater continued operation until the late-1990’s, when it was closed.

In 1998, it was reopened again under different management. A first-run policy was adapted, but difficult to maintain due to the state of the sound and picture quality (mono and fixed aspect ratio were only two of its problems by then.) By 2004, the house was closed again.

Most recently, a teen nightclub gave a go of operating in part of the old site, but closed quickly. Despite its spotty recent history, the suburban house is still well remembered by neighborhood patrons and all of movie-going Baton Rouge during its heyday in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Contributed by Fred Sliman

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GBC on December 2, 2010 at 3:35 am

I saw the movies “Rocky”, “Cary” and “Smokey and the Bandit” at the Broadmoor.

rivest266 on January 12, 2012 at 12:59 am

This opened on August 19th, 1965. The grand opening ad has been posted here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 13, 2012 at 12:19 am

Sounds like one of that City’s BEST.

stephenkim on December 30, 2013 at 2:57 am

I saw two movies here, Love and Basketball (2000) and Bad Santa (2003). Was a dump but the price was right and i enjoyed the shows.

WilliamCarroll on July 21, 2015 at 5:42 am

The mid-century modern Broadmoor Theatre is slated for demolition in the next few weeks (July-August 2015).

The Dukes of Hazzard TV series star John Schneider, who now lives near Baton Rouge, is rescuing parts of the theatre, including its iconic sign.

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