Centenary Theater

2620 Centenary Boulevard,
Shreveport, LA 71104

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Architects: Edward F. Neild

Functions: Office Space

Styles: Art Deco

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Centenary Theater

The Centenary Theater was named after and situated across the street from Centenary College. It was opened June 27, 1935 and operated until 1955. It was in the process of being converted into an art house movie theatre when it was destroyed by fire in November 1956. The gutted building later became home to an insurance company.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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kencmcintyre on November 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm

The current occupant at 2620 Centenary Boulevard is the Centenary Business Center, an office building.

tcaldwell on December 17, 2008 at 11:32 pm

2620 Centenary Boulevard is the correct address. And the link through Google Maps shows a current picture of the building.

The Centenary was a part of the Don George group of theaters in Shreveport. Others in the group were the Don (flagship of the group located downtown) the Rex, and the Broadmoor. In Monroe, the group included the Jim.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 13, 2010 at 12:09 am

From 2010 an image of the Centenary Theater building in Shreveport.

rivest266 on October 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

This opened on June 27th, 1935. Grand opening ad and picture in the photo section.

SRS on January 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm

I saw “The Wizard of Oz” here for the first time, I guess just before it closed in 1955. I was five. It’s always been a neat-looking building. During the mid-70s, I was in the building on business, and it brought back memories.

MichaelKilgore on April 9, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 10, 1956: “A weekend fire gutted the newly redecorated Centenary Theatre here Sunday (4), just 12 hours before the 700-seat house was scheduled to reopen as an art film showplace. The theatre, operated by the McElroy chain, was demolished from stage to lobby before firemen reached the scene … According to Tom Dunn of McElroy Theatres, there are no immediate plans for reopening of the gutted theatre.”

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