Balls Auditorium

Balls Auditorium (HM26SD)

Location: Lake Charles, LA 70601 Calcasieu Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 14.591', W 93° 12.26'

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1414 St. John Street

One block from this site stood Ball's Auditorium from 1945 to 1995. Here, Reginald Ball, Sr. operated a trade school to help returning World War II African- American veterans obtain jobs through training in the crafts. By the 1950s, the trade school had largely completed its task and the facility began to be used extensively for community activities, concerts, and paid events. During the 1950s and 1960s, Ball's Auditorium hosted such performers as Otis Redding, Ruth Brown, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and James Brown as a popular venue on what was then called "the Chitlin Circuit." After its heyday, the facility gradually deteriorated with fewer bookings and uses, and what was left was razed.
HM NumberHM26SD
Placed ByCalcasieu Historical Preservation Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 480340 N 3345750
Decimal Degrees30.24318333, -93.20433333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 14.591', W 93° 12.26'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 14' 35.46" N, 93° 12' 15.6" W
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Area Code(s)337
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 450-498 N Enterprise Blvd, Lake Charles LA 70601, US
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