To continue on the semi-continuing neon theme…I submit this photo of the Varsity Theatre sign, two doors north of the North Gates of LSU on Highland Road in Baton Rouge. This photo was taken on Christmas night, hence no traffic to attempt to run me over. To say there was a cold north wind blowing down Highland Road is an understatement. I got off work that evening, came home, went stir crazy and hit the streets expecting not much to be going on. Downtown was hopping. Over by LSU, things were more sedate so i figured this would be a good time for the pic. The Varsity has been where it is for many years. When i came to BR in 1977, it was a double theater, two big screens. I saw many a classic movie there as by that time it ran a lot of older movies for the college crowd and movie buffs. In the early 90s, it was transformed into a mid level concert venue, which it still is today. The capacity is 800-850 and i’ve seen many great acts play there over the years. Note the neon colors, purple and gold, the LSU colors. Unfortunately it does not perform as the Coca Cola sign i posted earlier does.
Next door to the Varsity, on the right in this pic, is The Chimes restaurant, a highly recommended place to eat here in town.