International Film festival helping bring Lincoln Theater stories to life

Special class working to revive old landmark

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The historic Lincoln Theater in Old South Baton Rouge no doubt has a few stories to tell and now with the help of the Louisiana International Film Festival it will get a little help.

“The Lincoln had so much history with people like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, the Ink spots and other amazing artist that have performed here,” says Dan Ireland of the Louisiana International Film Festival. Ireland is working with these students to tell the story of the Lincoln Theater in a unique class. The group is learning how to produce a 12-minute documentary on the Lincoln theater and the history attached to it.

"To think who's been inside these walls it's pretty incredible - it gives me chills - when you see it lit up you think you are back in New Orleans and I guess Baton Rouge used to have that same vibe back in the day," said Heather Sewell, also with the film festival.

The theater is in the second phase of a three-phase program to re-open the theater which is 65 years old.

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