Temple Theatre

1335 North Boulevard,
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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Previously operated by: Bijou Amusement Company

Firms: Wogan & Bernard

Functions: Fraternal Hall

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Prince Hall Masonic Temple

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Temple Theatre

Located in the east of Baton Rouge. The Prince Hall Masonic Temple was built in 1924 as a meeting hall for the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. The building contained the Temple Theatre located on the first floor and part of the 2nd floor and on the fourth floor was the enclosed Temple Roof Garden, a youth club and dance venue, both venues catering for the African-American population. The Temple Roof Garden (aka Grand Ballroom) hosted big names such as Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington & Louis Armstrong.

The Temple Theatre was opened by 1927 and was operated by the Bijou Amusement Company. In 1948 the building was purchased by the Prince Hall Freemasons. It continued to be operated as a movie theatre in 1957 and beyond…..

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 2, 1994.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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robboehm on August 4, 2021 at 12:23 pm

This was the last of three theatres which catered to Baton Rouge’s large black community. The others, the Grand and the McKinley were demolished many years ago.

I’ve uploaded a photo of the Prince Hall Masonic Temple building.

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