Grand Theatre

126 Railroad Avenue,
Donaldsonville, LA 70346

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Condran Theatre...Donaldson Louisiana

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The Gondran Theatre was built in 1906, and was first used as an opera house. It was renamed Grand Theatre in 1912. It began showing movies around 1914, and was remodeled in 1917. The Grand Theatre was closed in the 1950’s and was demolished in the 1980’s.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith, RidgewoodKen

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Donaldsonville, by Will LeBlanc (Google Books preview), says that this house was built in 1906 by the Donaldsonville Realty Company, and was purchased by local district attorney G. A. Gondran. Numerous print sources confirm the spelling as Gondran Theatre.

Gondran sold the theater in 1912, and it was renamed the Grand Theatre, the name under which it operated for the remainder of its existence. LeBlanc says the Grand was demolished in the mid-1980s, but doesn’t say when it closed as a theater. This web page has a photo of Railroad Avenue from the mid-1950s, but the Grand is not close enough to see the name of the movie on the marquee.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Ken, you’re right, most of the information did come from your submission, which has been removed because it was a duplicate listing (when a duplicate listing is removed, it is always the page that was submitted first that gets to stay, but it will be edited to include information it might have lacked that was available on the later page.)

But I would not have gone looking for the sources I cited in my comment, and probably wouldn’t have found this page, which was listed under the earlier (but misspelled) aka Condran Theatre, if you hadn’t submitted the theater under its final name, so you should probably get co-credit for the submission with Billy, Don, and Billy.

(And maybe you could upload that ad you had posted on the other page to the photo section for this page?)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 29, 2013 at 2:05 am

RidgewoodKen; Please accept my apologies, and I am sorry I omitted to add you as co-contributor when editing this page.

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