406 DeSiard Street,
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The Jim Theatre opened as the Siegle Theatre in the late 20’s at 406 DeSiard, Monroe, Louisiana.
Later the name changed to Joy, and then the Jim.
It was the same size building as the clothing stores beside it. As I remember it was only about 16 seats wide with two aisles and a small balcony. Every other row of seats had what we called a “fat-man seat”, which was one seat for two people. I liked it because you could put your “stuff” in your seat and not have to sit so close to someone. Later on as I grew up, it dawned on me that it was for two people.
The Jim did have some first run pictures. I don’t think “Gone With The Wind” first showed there, but it was when it returned every few years, it came to the Jim.
To this day, I can remember smell in the theatre and how sticky the floor was with spilled drinks.
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