Victor Theatre

111 Concord Street,
Abbeville, LA 70510

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 22, 2018 at 3:31 pm

114 Concord Street is now occupied by Vermillion Office Supply, and the single-story building has an arched parapet of reasonably theatrical appearance, but is rather small. 111 Concord is a slightly wider, two-story building now subdivided into offices. The parapet (indeed the entire facade) is a bit fancier than the one on the building at 114, and now has the name “Place de la Concorde” on it.

It is not obvious which building is older. However, the building at 111 has a slightly larger footprint, and is also tall enough to have had a balcony, and thus is most likely to have been able to accommodate 410 seats.

The theater opened at one or the other of these locations (my guess would be 111 Concord) in June, 1913. The Saturday, June 14, issue of the Abbeville Progress said that A. O. Landry had opened his new Victor Theatre on Sunday night (presumably the previous Sunday, June 8.) The article also said that the building was new construction.

A. O. Landry’s Victor Theatre was listed in the 1914-1915 edition of Gus Hill’s theatrical directory as a ground floor house with 450 seats, playing road shows, vaudeville, and pictures. The stage was rather small, being but 22 feet deep and 37 feet wide, and a mere 20 feet high, reflecting the absence of a fly tower.

Mr. Landry provided capsule reviews of movies for the “What the Picture Did for Me” columns of various issues of Motography in 1917.

“Find a Grave” reveals that A. O. Landry’s father was named Victor, so the Victor Theatre was most likely named for him.