VIDEO: Broadmoor Theater demolition complete

RAW: Broadmoor Theater wall comes down
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Broadmoor Theatre (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A place of many memories for some in Baton Rouge is no more. The demolition of the Broadmoor Theater in North Baton Rouge was completed Tuesday morning.

Crews began gutting the theater in July, and the demolition began in early October.

Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider salvaged parts of the theater.

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

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 theater that will showcase films from his studio to prospective clients and friends.

"We're taking parts of the old Broadmoor Theater 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 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 also took the historic Broadmoor Theater sign, which came down in August.

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

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