100 Years Ago in Bienville Parish – Ringgold Gets Up-To-Date Movie Theatre

C.E. Tomme opened a movie theatre at Ringgold on Saturday, April 23,1921.  At the opening, Mr. Tomme said that “nothing but good clean pictures will be shown.”  A team of workers installed a new and powerful “picture machine” along with a Delco lighting system to furnish electricity to the building.

As part of the theatre’s entertainment, Mr. Tomme assembled a band they called the Ringgold Brass Band to perform from time-to-time before the featured movie.  The Ringgold Brass Band, which consisted of local businessmen and students of Ringgold High School, were able to “render very difficult selections in a most pleasing manner.”

Source:  The Bienville Democrat, April 28, 1921, p.1.

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