9810 Florida Boulevard,
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The Broadmoor Theatre was opened in 1965 and operated for several years by the Ogden-Perry chain. Debuting with “Lord Jim” on its large screen, the suburban house was in a thriving shopping center in a then-growing area of Baton Rouge.
In 1973, the house was twinned and continued operation successfully until 1984, when it adapted a $1.00 policy. By 1986, walls were built across the twin cinemas were converted once again to a 4-screen house, with tiny cinemas. The theater continued operation until the late-1990’s, when it was closed.
In 1998, it was reopened again under different management. A first-run policy was adapted, but difficult to maintain due to the state of the sound and picture quality (mono and fixed aspect ratio were only two of its problems by then.) By 2004, the house was closed again.
Most recently, a teen nightclub gave a go of operating in part of the old site, but closed quickly. Despite its spotty recent history, the suburban house is still well remembered by neighborhood patrons and all of movie-going Baton Rouge during its heyday in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
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