Southland Cinemas

5953 W. Park Avenue,
Houma, LA 70384

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bfkhome
bfkhome on May 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm

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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 19, 2012 at 11:58 pm

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