719 Fredricksburg Road,
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Previously operated by: Claude Ezell and Associates Inc.
Functions: Religious Services
Styles: Spanish Moorish
Previous Names: Victor's Uptown Theatre, Arts Theatre
The Victor’s Uptown Theatre was opened August 18, 1928 with Laura La Plante in “The Love Thrill”. It was designed in a Spanish Moorish style and was equipped with a Victor Reuter organ which was opened by organist Paul Kinard.
The main entrance door on the corner with Fredericksburg Road & W. Ashby Place has now been bricked in and the tiles around the building have been removed. They kept the arch designs around the door and window. You would not be able to tell that this was once a theatre. Entrance to this parish hall is on the side of the building today.
I viewed inside when the door was open one day and saw beautiful Spanish tile inside the entrance and around the walls, but I don’t know if this was part of the theatre when it was open.
The Uptown Theatre was still open in 1950 operated by Claude Ezell and Associates Inc. On December 25, 1951 it was renamed Arts Theatre, but had closed by 1955. It is now in use as St. Ann’s Parish Center.
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