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A “nabe” theater in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans. Owned and operated by the Fonseca family, the Ashton Theater opened in 1927. It was designed by Black American (Creole) architect Ferdinand Rousseve, with Michael R. D'Orsi as associate architect. The Ashton Theater was closed in 1958.
The last feature I caught was the movie “The Invisible Boy” with Robbie The Robot as star. After the business closed, my friends and I would sneak into the creepy theater and “explore”.
It still stands today, even after taking seven feet of flood water from Hurricane Katrina. The artist Lyn Emery uses the wonderful old theater as a studio.
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