Broadmoor Theatre

9810 Florida Boulevard,
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

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Previously operated by: Ogden-Perry Theatres, Inc

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The Broadmoor Theatre was opened in 1965 and operated for several years by the Ogden-Perry chain. Debuting with “Lord Jim” on its large screen, the suburban house was in a thriving shopping center in a then-growing area of Baton Rouge.

In 1973, the house was twinned and continued operation successfully until 1984, when it adapted a $1.00 policy. By 1986, walls were built across the twin cinemas were converted once again to a 4-screen house, with tiny cinemas. The theatre continued operation until the late-1990’s, when it was closed.

In 1998, it was reopened again under different management. A first-run policy was adapted, but difficult to maintain due to the state of the sound and picture quality (mono and fixed aspect ratio were only two of its problems by then.) It was closed on May 20, 2002 screening “Return to Dolomite”.

Most recently, a teen nightclub gave a go of operating in part of the old site, but closed quickly. Despite its spotty recent history, the suburban house is still well remembered by neighborhood patrons and all of movie-going Baton Rouge during its heyday in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It was demolished in 2015.

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Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

GBC on December 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I saw the movies “Rocky”, “Cary” and “Smokey and the Bandit” at the Broadmoor.

rivest266 on January 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

This opened on August 19th, 1965. The grand opening ad has been posted here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Sounds like one of that City’s BEST.

stephenkim on December 29, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I saw two movies here, Love and Basketball (2000) and Bad Santa (2003). Was a dump but the price was right and i enjoyed the shows.

WilliamCarroll on July 20, 2015 at 8:42 pm

The mid-century modern Broadmoor Theatre is slated for demolition in the next few weeks (July-August 2015).

The Dukes of Hazzard TV series star John Schneider, who now lives near Baton Rouge, is rescuing parts of the theatre, including its iconic sign.

dallasmovietheaters on November 2, 2020 at 9:33 am

The World Premiere of “The Return of Dolemite” took place at the Broadmoor in May of 2002 with Rudy Ray Moore making a personal appearance on behalf of the Broadmoor’s operator, Fernando ‘Fred’ Williams. Williams was a film producer and owned 13 movie theaters. Upon returning to the theatre years later, that poster and other features from 2002 were still in the poster frames which likely makes May 30, 2002 its closing date. The Broadmoor was demolished in 2015 likely to remove it from the tax roster.

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