DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1925 as a Vaudeville venue and was nicknamed the “Million Dollar Theatre” by Saenger Amusements Company, which operated many theaters throughout the South. By the 1940s, it became a movie cinema until its closure in 1977. like so many other grand theatres, it was threatened with demolition, by saved by concerned citizens who ultimately raised funds to restored it to its original grandeur. In 1977, the theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 619 Louisiana Avenue, Shreveport LA MAP
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium & Museum
DESCRIPTION: Built in the 1920s, the venue recognized as the finest example of Art Deco construction in the State of Louisiana and a national historic landmark. It was also dedicated to the Soldiers of the Great War on Veterans’ Day. In 1948, it started as the “The Louisiana Hayride”, a weekly radio showcase of talented singers, songwriters and performers. In 1954, 18-year old truck driver Elvis Presley made his professional debut here. The venue is recognized as a historical goldmine of Country Music and Hillbilly Rock n’ Roll. Located in the Municipal Memorial Auditorium, it includes a small Stage of Stars Museum highlighting many of the great performing artists that appeared on stage and a gift shop.
DAYS & HOURS: Sunday 1p-4p
ADDRESS: 705 Elvis Presley Avenue, Shreveport LA MAP
R.W. Norton Art Gallery
DESCRIPTION: Named in honor of Richard W. Norton, one of the discoverers of the Rodessa oil field in north Louisiana in the early 1930s, the museum spans 40-acres and contains 20 exhibit rooms displaying paintings, drawings and sculptures by renowned western artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, among others. Its American and European art spans over four centuries.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 10a-5p, Sat-Sun 1p-5p
ADDRESS: 4747 Creswell Avenue, Shreveport LA MAP
Meadows Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: A surprising museum for the region and home to a collection of French academic artist Jean Despujols’ paintings of Southeast Asia and documenting the peoples of Indochina. It also features works by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Mary Cassatt, Reginald Marsh, Alfred Maurer, Clyde Connell and George Grosz. The museum is located at Centenary College.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri Noon-4p, Sat-Sun 1p-4p
ADDRESS: 2911 Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport LA MAP
Ark–La-Tex Mardi Gras Museum
DESCRIPTION: With 10,000 square feet, this museum houses a dazzling display of Mardi Gras costumes and provides an educational and entertaining perspective of the history of Mardi Gras in Louisiana. The museum is also a venue for functions that showcase the area’s other cultural heritage.
DAYS & HOURS: Sat 11a–4p, Sun 1p–4p, Mon–Fri by appt
ADDRESS: 2101 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA MAP