Dixie Center for the Arts

About Us



The history of the Dixie Theatre begins in 1928, when it was built as the Astor Theater.  The new theater played silent films and held concert performances with ticket prices ranging from 10 to 50 cents.  It was re-named the Rialto in 1932 (the same year the exquisite chandelier was added) and given its current name, the Dixie, after a sale to the Dixie Theater Corporation of New Orleans in the 1950s.  After a period of closing, the renovated Dixie opened again in 1956 with the added comfort of air conditioning, and with the famous flashing star crowning the marquee.

The Dixie has had its share of difficulties.  It was sold five times in its history and survived a devastating fire in 1933, not to mention the challenges brought on by the Great Depression.  Although it has seen many changes, the legacy of the Dixie continues in Ruston.

In 1996, the Dixie Center for the Arts held their first meeting, and began casting a vision for the restoration of this historical and cultural treasure.  For a full decade, devoted members ran creative and successful fundraising campaigns and events that brought in the necessary funds to restore the Dixie Theatre. A grand celebration and re-opening was held in 2006, and full seasons of events, parties, and concerts have reinstated the Dixie as a center for entertainment and the arts in downtown Ruston. http://www.ruston.org/dixietheatre/

Business Hours are 10:00am - 1:00pm Wednesday - Friday.

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The Dixie Center for the Arts
212 N. Vienna
Ruston, LA 71270

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2771
Ruston, LA 71273

Board of Directors
 
Sandra Hart, President 
Marlette Ryan,Vice President
Grace Tirado, Secretary
David Darland, Treasurer 

Board Members 
Lisa Barnes, Angie Biscomb, 
Charles Hart, 
Larry Jarrell, Jessie Lagrone, Kristi Lumpkin,
Harold Parker, Carole Tabor, Chris Turner, 
Nancy Wallace, Mary Ann Woods, Saul Zalesch
Peter Jones (NCLAC), Tracy Calloway (RCT),
   
Advisors
Libby English, Lynne Gnemi, Linda Graham

Priority Partners
North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Ruston Civic Symphony Society 
Ruston Community Theatre, Troupe Dixie


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