Hart Theatre

227 Convention Street,
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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WilliamCarroll
WilliamCarroll on February 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I was just reading about the restoration of the Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, and about some of the Xavier Gonzales murals inside. I was suddenly reminded of a beautiful mural depicting the city of Baton Rouge, that was inside the lobby of the Hart Theatre. It showed the Baton Rouge skyline, including the old and new state capitol buildings, as well as enormous round tanks over at the Standard Oil refinery. I am not sure who painted the mural – it may have been by Gonzales, or by his friend and colleague Conrad Albrizio. Albrizio is remembered today for his murals inside the lobby of the new state capitol building in Baton Rouge. Albrizio and Gonzales both painted murals inside Louisiana post office lobbies during the 1930s.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

This opened on June 21st, 1941. The grand opening ad has been posted here. In 1973-1974 it was part of the Riverside Mall Cinema Center.

FredSliman
FredSliman on August 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

What a surprise to find this great old theatre featured in the opening scene of “Last of the Mobile Hot Shots,” the Tennessee Williams adaptation with James Coburn from 1970. Though set in the New Orleans and plantation areas, the production designer, Gene Callhan, was a Baton Rouge native and obviously had the idea to use the marquee and facade to suggest a television station (WART) with the H covered by a W to match the other letters.