Scenic Cinema

8254 Scenic Highway,
Baton Rouge, LA 70807

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Previous Names: Cook's Theatre, Scenic Theatre

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This was an African American theatre. It opened as wood built building in the mid-1930’s and was destroyed by a fire in 1944. It was rebuilt in stone and reopened in 1945. It was closed around 1975. It was is still standing all boarded up.

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FredSliman on September 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm

This one was still operational in 1974-75 as “Scenic Cinema” with many African-American hits of the day. By 1976 it was gone for good, I believe. The partial title letters of “Blood on Satan’s Claw” adorned its marquee for a few years thereafter.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 9, 2017 at 4:57 pm

This article about Louisiana’s movie theaters is illustrated with a photo of what turns out to have been the second Cook’s Theatre.

The house was opened in the mid-1930s by James C. Cook and his wife, Ruby J. Darensbourg, and was the first movie house in Louisiana owned by an African-American family. The original wooden structure was destroyed by a fire in 1944, and replaced by a cinder block building in 1945. The gabled roof on the building now did not exist when the vintage photo was made.

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