Dixie Center for the Arts

206 N. Vienna Street,
Ruston, LA 71270

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The New Astor Theater was built in 1928 as a vaudeville/movie theater. Later renmed Rialto Theater, followed by Dixie theatre. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

Now known as the Dixie Center for the Arts. Some of the uses for this theater are, theater performances, symphony performances, artistic demonstrations and various dance and musical classes. There will also be space available for artists to have classes and lectures.

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celloman on June 13, 2007 at 4:31 pm

The Dixie opened as the New Astor Theatre. It had a 2 manual/4 rank Wicks theatre pipe organ.

LouisRugani on December 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm

(Ruston Daily Herald, April 13, 1943)
Theatre Managers Doing All Possible To Get Rid Of Rats
Call For Cooperation From Owners Of Other Business Places

Ruston theatre managers said today they were doing everything possible to rid their shows of rats and hoped within a very short time to have them eliminated from the premises as nearly as possible. C. J. Hubley said he had fought rats every day since he had been in Ruston but he could not rid the town of them by himself and called upon the city for more cooperation.
Mr. Hubley further said the Dixie Theatre Company had spent well over one thousand dollars during the past year for poison, traps and remodeling to prevent them from entering the building. He now catches from one to fifteen each day and has done everything from filling the House with cats to shooting them, but he can’t keep them out as long as other stores in the city do nothing to stop them from breeding and living on the premises.
An interesting thing about rats in the theatre is that none are ever caught before show time, but after the theatre is closed at the last show. They seem to come in or roam about only when people are inside eating and dropping particles of food on the floor.
Professional rat exterminators have rat-proofed the building and he said he would offer a reward to anyone finding where they can enter the theatre.
Both the Dixie and Varsity Theatres are being given a thorough cleaning and extermination campaign to rid the building of all vermin and Mr. Hubley has asked all owners and tenants of buildings near the theatres to cooperate in an effort to kill or drive them from the city.
Mr. Butterfield, of Tech Theatre, says he has not found any sign of rats in his theatre and has asked for another inspection from WAAC officers. However, he constantly has poison and traps scattered about his theatre to make certain none will enter or stay in the building.
He plans to keep a few cats as a further precaution, he said.

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