Bailey Theatre

120 W. Oak Street,
Bunkie, LA 71322

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The Baily Theatre was opened in 1929.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 27, 2006 at 7:32 am

This is from a persons memories of Bunkie. It mentions three theaters in Bunkie.

“Saturday nights in Bunkie – what a great time my family had on Saturday night. We all got cleaned up, my 2 older sisters and brother, then me and my younger brother – late on Saturday afternoon. Dad would drive all of us to Bunkie in our green 1940 Ford, and we would all go the picture show at the Bailey Theater. Not too long after the war started, we soon had two more shows; the FOX across the street from the Bailey and the RIO, right around the comer on Main Street. These picture shows filled to capacity on Saturday nights, in fact, the population of Bunkie seemed to increase by two or three thousand people on Saturdays and Saturday nights”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 27, 2006 at 12:44 pm

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Bailey Theatre (added 1979 – Building – #79001052)
Oak St., Bunkie
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Nehrbass,Fred, Bailey,Robert Lee
Architectural Style: Classical Revival
Area of Significance: Social History, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 23, 2009 at 11:37 am

Another 1982 photo is here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm

R. L. Bailey’s Bailey Theatre at Bunkie, Louisiana, was mentioned in three issues of Motion Picture News, October through December, 1929. A history of Bloom’s Arcade in Tallulah, Louisiana, which also had a Bailey Theatre, says that Robert Lee Bailey Sr. operated a regional chain of movie theaters from his headquarters in Bunkie.

Quite a few of Mr. Bailey’s theaters, including the house at Bunkie, were altered over the years to plans by architect John M. Gabriel, noted on this partial list of his works. As near as I can determine, Gabriel’s office was in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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