Westside Theatre

64 Westbank Expressway,
Gretna, LA 70053

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Previously operated by: Cobb Theatres

Firms: August Perez & Associates

Functions: Church

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1967 photo courtesy Mike Tammy Cerigny Payne‎, via the Westbank- Back in the day~ Facebook page.

The Westside Theatre opened as a single screen on November 16, 1967 with Robert Stack in “The Currupt Ones”. It could accommodate 500 patrons and was later converted to a twin (early-1970’s). The theatre closed around May 1984 and the building now houses a church.

Contributed by Stephen

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DWP on March 24, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Westside Theater was located in Westside Shopping Center South. It, and what was once a supermarket next to it, have been turned into an off-track betting parlor by enclosing the alley between the two.

I went to school with the son of the owners. According to him the theater was shut down because the shopping center didn’t like the ‘crowd’ it attracted.

jaybee7414 on April 30, 2018 at 4:42 am

I thought it closed down because no one ever went there. On the day that Rocky 2 opened in 1979 I watched the matinee surrounded by three other customers. Your comment surprises me because the big controversy back then was the nearby Shakey’s pizza place which was an attraction for underage juveniles with fake IDs to purchase beer, get drunk and act like jerks.

FGE413 on May 31, 2018 at 7:52 pm

It closed at almost exactly the same time the Belle Promenade Cinema opened, which I don’t think was coincidental.

BillyShores18 on June 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

Wow that must been around mid 1983 or early 1984 after the mall opened .

FGE413 on July 26, 2018 at 7:24 pm

It was like May or June of 1984.

DavidZornig on October 25, 2019 at 4:06 pm

1967 photo added courtesy Mike Tammy Cerigny Payne‎, via the Westbank- Back in the day~ Facebook page. Gretna Fair Grounds OTB & Casino is at that location and address now.

rivest266 on March 4, 2022 at 8:54 am

Grand opening ad posted.

jaybee7414 on June 13, 2022 at 11:18 am

Wonder why the guy (Stephen)that wrote the man article thought Westside Theater now “houses a church”?

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