Southland Cinemas

5953 W. Park Avenue,
Houma, LA 70384

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Opened by the Gulf States Theaters around 1970, it was originally a twin and was later expanded to a quad. It was later taken over by the United Artists circuit, which closed it around 2000.

After sitting vacant, it was reopened in 2004 as a discount cinema, but the new owners could not afford the repairs needed to reopen auditorium #1 (which had been the largest of the four). It closed for good in 2007.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

An article from 1977 that announced the closing of this theater: View link

bfkhome
bfkhome on May 30, 2013 at 9:23 am

The Southland Cinema was opened by Gulf State Theatres (Teddy Solomon) in June, 1968. It was the second building to go up (Sears was the first) in the mall. Acutally for the first many months the cinema was not enclosed in the mall, it was just a stand alone building next to Sears on the northwest corner. It was originally a SINGLE screen theatre which was expanded to a twin in 1970. Much later on it was converted to a quad. Jesse Marlowe was the original manager.

I was the original projectionist and ran the very first show ever screened which was El Dorado with John Wayne. The Southland Cinema was in a new mall (Southland Mall) directly across the bayou (Bayou Terrebonne) from the Houma Drivein. At that time there were tall trees and foilage so you couldn’t actually see the mall from the Drive In property. I left the Houma Drive in as projectionist to take the job at the Southland Cinema.

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