Dukes of Hazzard star salvages remnants of old Broadmoor Theatre

Dukes of Hazzard star salvages remnants of old Broadmoor Theatre

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In a matter of weeks, what is a place of many memories for some in Baton Rouge will be no more.

While crews have already started tearing it down, Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider is trying to salvage parts of the Broadmoor Theatre in North Baton Rouge. The theater is set to be demolished August.

"Can't fight progress right? But you can save history," said Schneider.

Schneider and friends removed some of the seats from the theater and the old popcorn machine. He plans to restore them and build a mini theatre that will showcase films from his studio to prospective clients and friends.

"We're taking parts of the old Broadmoor Theatre to build a drive-in," Schneider laughed. "Talk about going backwards!"

The theater's claim to fame first came from showing Walt Disney cartoons decades ago. It was one of the few theaters in Baton Rouge to do so.

Schneider, who now lives and works out of Livingston Parish, said movies were made to be shown in theaters, especially old ones like the Broadmoor.

"Part of having a love for the old cinema is that you have to have love for the end game," said Schneider. "The beautiful old theaters like this are the end game. This is where the movies we shoot on the bayous or alleys or wherever we film them, this is where we want them to wind up."

Schneider will also be taking the historic sign, which will be removed next month.

At this point, a doctor's office complex is expected to take the theater's spot.

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