Westwood Theatre

2421 W. Congress Street,
Lafayette, LA 70506

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Great single screen which opened on March 25, 1970 with Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl”. Rocking seats, with nice, plush seat cushions and back cushions with wood backing. Silver screen measuring 17X40. Gold drapery lining the entire auditorium. Blue carpet with orange, red, yellow, black, and blue repeating mosaic pattern. Large two story arch design windows enclosing the front lobby and concession area.

It was closed on April 15, 2004 with Johnny Depp in “The Secret Window”. It was demolished in 2009.

Contributed by M F Palmer Jr

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jonkcole on April 25, 2004 at 3:15 pm

Opened on 26 March 1970, the Westwood was the last true movie house in Acadiana. The Westwood served “Cajun Country” for 34 years before finally succumbing to the advances of the state of the art multiplexes that have taken the U.S. by storm. It’s last show, “The Secret Window,” starring Johnny Depp played on 15 April 2004. Among other special events, the Westwood was home to the world premiere of the Powers Booth film Southern Comfort as well as regional premieres of “Drowning Pool”, “Charlie’s War”, and most recently “The Passion of the Christ”. A truly remarkable theatre many of its employees called a home away from home (such as myself). And don’t forget the Westwood ghost that had a peculiar habit of turning lights on and moving around out of the corner of your eye in the shadows.

ahollis on August 14, 2004 at 1:28 pm

I must assume that the ghost of the Westwood is its builder and operator, Matt Guidry. He was certainly Mr. Movie in Lafayette.

edblank on June 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm

As someone who was stationed at Fort Polk in 1966, I’m trying to track down the names of the three indoor Downtown Leesville moviehouses and the name of the drive-in that was fairly close to town and Fort Polk.

Can anyone help here? There are no theater listings on Cinema Treasures for Leesville theaters.

Thanks very much for any help.

ClaytonGood on May 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

This was one of my favorite theatres of all time, I def miss it. It has now been demolished.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm

The WESTWOOD THEATRE was built for $ 325.000 BY owner Matt Guidry and is widely praised in the trade as one of the most beautiful new theatres built in recent years in the south.It opened MARCH 26 1970 with FUNNY GIRL.
It had a 26-foot long snack bar 2 soda fountains and 2 candy cases.
Guidry installed 600 de luxe rocking chair seats forWESTWOOD PATRONS. Part of the $90.000 he spent on comfortably furnishing the theatre.
The Building was designed by Bob Schoeffler,of O'Rouke and Gossen a local Architectural firm. 2 parking lots ,one cement and the other shelled. it will hold 275 cars.
The first theatre manager was Paul Pierret who comes from the Local PAT THEATRE.

Glad to help you WESTWOOD THEATRE lovers out. BOXOFFICE APRIL 27, 1970.

johndcramer1981 on March 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

The Westwood has been demolished.

ramsey6199 on December 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

Thanks looks to be the westwood. Does anyone have pictures of it, especially the inside. Remember going there as a child. Remember the last time I went years and years later it had looked horrible. Tiles gone from the ceiling holes and stains all over the seats. Would love to have some old photos of this place and frame them.

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