Delta Music Hall of Fame & Arcade Theater

216 Louisiana Avenue,
Ferriday, LA 71334

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Delta Music Hall of Fame & Arcade Theater (Official)

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Functions: Live Performances, Movies (Classic)

Previous Names: Bailey Theater, Meltz-Arcade Theater, Arcade Theater

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 318.757.4297

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Delta Music Hall of Fame & Arcade Theater

The Arcade Theater was opened in June 1926 with a live event. Morris Melz who operated the Meltz Theater merged with the Arcade Theater on November 1, 1926 with screenings of Richard Talmadge in “The Night Patrol” & Tim McCoy in “War Paint” plus Allene Ray in “Snowed In”. It was renamed Melz-Arcade Theater. A new operator Robert L. Bailey took over in 1930 and it was wired for sound in January 1930 and it was renamed Bailey Theater. Baily left in 1931 and it was again renamed Melz-Arcade Theater. It was renovated in 1950 with the name Arcade Theater.

It now operates as a live events venue named Delta Music Hall of Fame & Arcade Theater.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

kencmcintyre on December 31, 2008 at 7:37 pm

The Arcade has not been demolished. Status should be changed to closed and function to live performances.

RobDog99 on June 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The original theater was closed and later demolished. A new modern Arcade Theater was built in its place able to host live events. The New Arcade Theater is part of the Delta Music Museum. The new building was built with a facade that closely resembles the old one. A copy of the head marquee was also made to match the old one. I believe that the original is on display in the museum (it was in too bad a shape to reuse).

msmacjyd on June 12, 2016 at 10:13 am

MUCH of the original Arcade is still standing. It HAS been renovated and in use today for live performances and events.

dallasmovietheaters on June 25, 2022 at 9:34 pm

The Melz-Arcade Theatre launched in the Arcade Building on November 1, 1926 with “The Night Patrol,” “War Paint” and “Snowed In.” The Melz Theatre ended operations at the end of October 1926 to make that transition. The Morris Melz name eventually was dropped in 1950 as the venue was solely the Arcade Theatre.

dallasmovietheaters on June 26, 2022 at 1:17 pm

S orry - that wasn’t clear. The Arcade Theatre launched here in June of 1926 with a live event. Morris Melz - who operated the existing Melz Theatre - merged with the Arcade on November 1, 1926 with the “The Night Patrol,” “War Paint” and “Snowed In.”

A new co-operator arrived in 1930 to wire the silent theater with sound in January 1930 by the name of Robert L. Bailey. At that time, the venue was renamed the Bailey Theatre and likely on a 20-year leasing agreement. Morris Melz was then simply the venue’s manager.

When Bailey left in 1931, the venue was re-renamed the Melz-Arcade Theatre. The operation was refreshed in 1950 Likely in a new lease at which time it dropped the Melz-Arcade moniker in favor of the Arcade Theatre. Movies were eventually dropped. Today, it goes by the name the Delta Music Hall of Fame and Arcade Theatre and is used for live events.Technically, this never went by the name, solely, as the Melz Theatre.

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