John Schneider preserving parts of Broadmoor Theatre
BATON ROUGE - Actor John Schneider and a team of movers started work Monday to preserve a part of Baton Rouge's movie history.
Schneider, best known as Bo Duke from "The Dukes of Hazzard," and his production studio are saving parts of the Boardmoor Theatre from being destroyed when the abandoned building is torn down.
The theater opened in 1965 and sold two decades later. It ended operations in the 90's before it was reopened and closed for good as a movie theater in 2004. Once demolished the property will be turned into more parking for a nearby shopping center.
Schneider and his producing partner, Alicia Allain, wanted to save items such as the signage, seats, wall sconces and popcorn machine and move them to the actor's Livingston Parish studios.
"When it was brought to our attention that we could buy some of these treasured pieces, we were very excited," Schneider said.
Crews started the moving process today, and the theater's sign will be relocated in a few weeks.