Valentino Theater

2401 Frenchmen Street,
New Orleans, LA 70119

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The Valentino Theater was opened prior to 1928. It was destroyed in an explosion on December 31, 1930, according to a news item on that date in the Portsmouth (OH) Times.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I can’t link to the actual page, but I can give you the text of the news item:

BLAST WRECKS MOVIE HOUSE

Score Injured When Theater Demolished By Violent Explosion.

NEW ORLEANS. La., Dec 31.â€"Three explosions in a suburban motion-picture theater totally destroyed the structure, damaged adjacent buildings and caused minor injuries to
more than a score of persons. Those injured were mostly residents of a tenement which adjoined the theater.

The explosions aroused residents in a radius of several blocks. Police said the explosions were either due to bombs placed in the theater, to escaping gas or ignition of film. The movie house, the Valentino Theater, was a small structure. The vreckage caught fire, after the blast, destroying what was left of the building.

Most of those injured were cut by flying glass as windows throughout the neighborhood were shattered. Many of the tenement dwellers were thrown from their beds. Damage was estimated at $30,000.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Sure, RIP Valentino.

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