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Louisiana Legacy: Grand Opera House

1 year 10 months 4 weeks ago November 24, 2014 Nov 24, 2014 Monday, November 24 2014 November 24, 2014 7:10 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kylie Dixon & Hunter Robinson

CROWLEY - After years and $4.5 million in renovations, the Grand Opera House in Crowley is full of life. The theatre was a hot spot in the early 1900s, but had been sitting untouched and closed off until a family saw the beauty in this Louisiana Legacy.

The 113-year-old building is once again a gem in downtown Crowley. Artists like Hunter Lambert are enjoying it just like others did a century ago.

"The amazing restoration that was done just made it more beautiful and enhanced it," he told 2une In's Kylie Dixon. "It didn't take away any of the age of the essence."

That essence is remembered fondly by Barbara Geesey. She grew up going to the Grand Opera House of the South.

"We enjoyed the movies because it was the outside world," she explains. "Most of us didn't get outside this small town until maybe when we went to college."

In the opera house's heydey, many famous people made Crowley one of their stops. Then after 4 decades of music, dance and movies, the second form became silent. The doors shut and the curtains closed.

Then Kim Gattle and her family spear-headed the restoration. They say it's not just about the music, but also about a community coming together and being proud of their community.

Click on the link to learn more about how Hunter and others will be able to take to the stage and enjoy this Louisiana Legacy for years to come.


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