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Fiske Theatre (Official)
Architects: B. W. Stevens
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Fiske Cinema
News About This Theater
- Feb 2, 2014 — Fiske Theatre gets national recognition
- Nov 23, 2013 — State Registry Review Board approves Fiske nomination now on to National Park Service
- Oct 5, 2013 — Hearing slated for Fiske Theatre’s inclusion on National Historic Registry
- May 22, 2013 — Wal Mart donates $1,500 to Chamber for ADA Hearing at Fiske
- Mar 6, 2013 — Fiske awarded Tulane School of Architecture Dean’s Fund for Excellence Grant
- Feb 8, 2010 — Fiske Theatre enters digital age with DTS Sound
- Feb 6, 2008 — Amazing Grace slated as Fiske Theatre's Feb Movie of the Month
The Fiske Theatre was opened in April 1928, and at the time was one of the premier state of the art movie cinemas in northeast Louisiana.
It was owned and operated by the late Donald Fiske of Oak Grove.
The Fiske Theatre was a two level cinema with a first floor that seated 500 people and a balcony (used mainly for African- Americans during segregation) that seats 250, as well as a cry room located on the back of the first floor for mothers with small children.
The Fiske Theatre was rebuilt in 1950 to the Moderne style designs of architect B.W. Stevens. It reopened on April 17, 1950 with Larry Parks in “Jolson Sings Again”. It was operated continuously by the Fiske Family until 1987 as a first run cinema.
In 1987 as Mr. Fiske’s health began to fail him the theatre was donated to the West Carroll Chamber of Commerce where it has been used mainly for gospel music concerts and other community events since then.
The theatre is in very good condition thanks to the hard work of the chamber and numerous grants for upkeep from the Louisiana State Legislature.
After a two-month renovation period in the fall of 2008, the Fiske Theatre returned as a first run movie theatre on December 15, 2008 with a showing of “Fireproof”
The theatre is now open each weekend showing a different first run feature film each week on the biggest screen (18'x33') in Northeast Louisiana. In February 2010 the theatre was equipped with DTS Surround Sound, and in November 2011, it was equipped with digital projection equipment.
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